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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

New York To Boost Porn Downloading In New Jersey

Gov. David Paterson is pushing for a law to add a 4% tax on downloading music and movies, and, yes, this will apply to porn too:
"This is simply bringing the tax code in line with technology," said Matt Anderson, a spokesman for the state Division of the Budget.

"Regardless of whether or not an item is purchased at a brick-and-mortar store or online, it would be treated consistently."

Paterson also said last night that the rich will "share in the sacrifice" of closing New York's budget gap.

Paterson, in language almost identical to that used by supporters of the so-called millionaire's tax, said the wealthy will not be spared.

"Every New Yorker will share in the sacrifice to get this budget balanced," he told the New York State Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators.
Would it be too terribly tasteless of me to point out that a tax on watching porn is being proposed by a guy who is blind? It would be? Okay, then I won't mention it.

In any event, as the New York Daily News article notes, since the law applies only to businesses that are physically located in the state, all it does is create an incentive for them to move across state lines. Which is pretty easy to do if your product is electronic.

Oh, and by the way:
Paterson has previously argued that spending cuts - not a new tax on the wealthy - should be the priority. His spokesman said the governor's new comments did not represent a shift in his position.

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