Last week GamePolitics reported on Wisconsin State Senator Jon Erpenbach’s proposal to levy a 1% surcharge on video games and consoles in order to fund a juvenile justice program.
WISC-TV has more, including comments from Erpenbach and a 37-year-old gamer Wisconsin gamer who objects to the tax. The State Senator said:
The idea being that this is kind of a kids-kids thing, in other words, if we’re going to do this for kids maybe this would be a good way to go about it. And if it’s not the best way, I’m open to any other way.
But adult gamer Justin Sallows objects:
I just think [the video game tax is] pretty unfair to attack gamers and have them pay for something they, more than likely, have nothing to do with.
I think it’s a real problem. Even if that’s not what the intention is, it creates the impression that there’s something wrong with the video games because we need to put some extra tax on there to try to dissuade people from playing them.
GP: Well spoken, Justin!