Bill seeks 18.5% porn tax in Washington State

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Bill seeks 18.5% porn tax in Washington State

Sammi Sammi
From the Seattle Times link:

A Federal Way lawmaker's push to tax pornographic materials to help counter a $6 billion state budget shortfall would likely draw constitutional challenges from the highly litigious adult-entertainment industry.

Democratic Rep. Mark Miloscia said an 18 ½ percent sales tax should be levied against Playboy and other adult magazines, as well as pornographic photographs, movies, videos, cable-television services, telephone services, audiotapes, computer programs and paraphernalia. With everyone in the Legislature struggling to find ways to solve the budget crisis, he said, he's surprised nobody else has made a similar proposal.

"For me, it is a no-brainer," Miloscia said, adding that he hopes the tax money generated would go toward saving the General Assistance-Unemployabl e (GAU), a program that provides a temporary safety net for people unable to work because of mental or physical disabilities.
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02/17/2009
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Domineight Domineight
Quote:
Originally posted by Sammi
From the Seattle Times link:

A Federal Way lawmaker's push to tax pornographic materials to help counter a $6 billion state budget shortfall would likely draw constitutional challenges from the highly litigious adult-entertainment ...
18.5%? That's sort of insane. I feel like people would stop buying porn and just end up looking at free porn online or buying online to avoid the sales tax. It wouldn't earn money for the state and would hurt businesses. And Playboy? Really? In all seriousness no one I know buys Playboy for the centerfolds anymore. The whole thing just seems a little extreme.
01/01/2010
Raven Raven
What I think is that the man is senseless. Or maybe his sex life is severely lacking. I don't agree with taxing it at all, but 18.5% is ludicrous. I agree with Domineight in that this does seem a little over the top.

As a former employee of a state revenue department, I can say with certainty that wiser government spending could be one possible solution to a budget crisis. Or maybe Representative Miloscia just needs a good lay or a good blow job.
01/01/2010
deceased deceased
I think they should tax fast food, soda,candy and caloric foods with no nutrients. America has an obesity problem, not a porn problem. I also think there should be coupons for condoms and encouragement to buy them.
01/01/2010
Sammi Sammi
I had totally forgotten this one

I had to google it, and it looks like this one died without getting a public hearing in the House Finance Committee.
01/01/2010
El-Jaro El-Jaro
good!

It would've been a stupid thing anyway...two words: Online Porn
01/02/2010
Miss Jane Miss Jane
Quote:
Originally posted by El-Jaro
good!

It would've been a stupid thing anyway...two words: Online Porn
Seriously!
01/02/2010
Raven Raven
Quote:
Originally posted by Sammi
I had totally forgotten this one

I had to google it, and it looks like this one died without getting a public hearing in the House Finance Committee.
That's good to know. It sure would have set a bad precedent.
01/02/2010
Dragon Dragon
Read something this morning about the credit card companies and banks trying to change their policies before new legislation kicking in on them. Even charging for paper statements. Everyone is trying to replace lost revenue, but nobody seems to remember the basics of supply and demand.
01/02/2010
Sera Sera
Gosh, that could be a positive step, after all. I don't think I'd mind it.
08/21/2010
slynch slynch
If it passed I can imagine people going over state lines to get buy without the huge taxes.
02/27/2011
K101 K101
Well hell I'm just glad to hear they're off the smoker's backs for once! Smokers now pay for quite a bit. We pay for most all the crap people are just taking advantage of. I do think porn should be taxed! I mean really, that's where (sadly) half of most people's money goes anyway! I also think the porn sites should have some sort of change so that the distributors have to pay for that. If people stop buying porn... well I guess that would just suck so badly! But then again, they'd have a lot more money to go toward those things that everyone's taxes are paying for.
05/20/2011
Ava5 Ava5
Quote:
Originally posted by deceased
I think they should tax fast food, soda,candy and caloric foods with no nutrients. America has an obesity problem, not a porn problem. I also think there should be coupons for condoms and encouragement to buy them.
I agree.
07/27/2011
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