Just the other day we were wondering about how Wisconsin wanted to add a tax on videogames because of the kid obesity problem. Now, thanks to GamePolitics, we’re hearing that New Mexico wants to really make this happen. Videogames aren’t the only target of this new tax though. TV sets will also be targeted in this 1% sales tax proposal:
We believe it is such a nominal tax that consumers won’t feel it too much, especially if they are educated about where that money goes,” said state Rep Michael Casaus of New Mexico
So who’s to blame for all of this? fatties?. Or rather, The Environmental Alliance of New Mexico and the Sierra Club. They believe that this would raise about $4 million a year and it would go to funding programs for school kids for outdoor education and not let them play Halo, and World of Warcraft for 20 hours per day and become a good lil fatty.
We blog here, so I assume a lot of people think we are nerdy fatties with nothing else to do. (I was actually the winner of the presidential physical fitness challenge my 5th grade year, and that is on record!!) New Mexico is literally going to “Tax dat Ass”.
The Entertainment Consumers Association (ECA) has now issued a statement in opposition to the New Mexico tax:
The Entertainment Consumers Association (ECA) is opposed to the legislation proposed by the New Mexico Sierra Club. It’s unconstitutional to target video games with a special tax that would unduly burden gamers, leaving out other forms of entertainment media like movies, music and books.
This proposed tax would also stifle trade and disproportionately impact generations X and Y, who are increasingly becoming more politically aware and vocal. Whatever that means?? I have a friend that lives in New Mexico and he basically summed it up by saying this, “New Mexico is two things….Dust and porn shops”!
I will leave it at that!