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Texas Senator Proposes Video Game Tax

In a continuation of the targeting of video games for various legislative measures, although in this instance, not a restriction, Texas local newspaper The Brownsville He...
In a continuation of the targeting of video games for various legislative measures, although in this instance, not a restriction, Texas local newspaper The Brownsville Herald reports that Texas senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa plans to propose a new 5 percent video game tax at the Senate Finance Committee this weekend. The report does not indicate why video games have been singled out in Hinojosa's proposed plan, as opposed to, for example, a blanket tax on all media such as CDs and DVDs. Revenue from the new tax would be use used for new schools and rebuilding those in disrepair in poor school districts. “You have all these kids buying video games, and sometimes they are good, some are bad and that’s not my call,” Hinojosa said to the Herald. “But I think that we can generate (money) to put toward the schools they go to.” The Democrat indicated that his plan would raise about $65 million biennially for the State of Texas, and be designated for new schools and building upgrades at poor school districts. Since the plan has not been raised at a committee stage yet, let alone any further, any such measure will not be implemented for a significant period of time.

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