Game Over for New Mexico Video Game Tax

February 16, 2008 -

New Mexico's much-discussed No Child Left Inside Act has been left out in the cold by state legislators.

More properly known as HB583, the bill proposed by Rep. Gail Chasey (left) would have levied a 1% surcharge on video games and TV sets. The measure enjoyed the support of environmental group the Sierra Club.

But the Associated Press is now reporting that HB583 has failed to clear the New Mexico Legislature's House Business & Industry Committee. From the AP:
 

The measure had been backed by a broad coalition of groups, led by the Sierra Club. The fund would have helped pay for outdoor education throughout the state. The tax would have been the first of its kind in the nation...


 

Critics complained they shouldn’t have to foot the bill for parents who don’t know how to raise their children.

 


Comments

Cheers!

This hasn't been the first time this tax has been mentioned yet I somehow only noticed the "No Child Left Inside" pun until now.

Which is another good reason it got shot down because do we really need any more puns in government?

In other news, more tax dollars were just blatantly wasted and no one gave a damn or new about it enough to give a damn.

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Papa Midnight

"The fund would have helped pay for outdoor education throughout the state. The tax would have been the first of its kind in the nation…"

To me, that just sounds really sulky...

'Critics'? Don't they mean 'sane rational thinking people'?

Sierra Club = Domestic terrorism

"Critics complained they shouldn’t have to foot the bill for parents who don’t know how to raise their children."

I love this one line right here, best line. So now we are complainers and party poopers because we don't want to have to foot the bill for parents who don't know how to raise their children?

That line should have read: "The reasonable people who were against against the tax, did not want to live in a nanny state because some parents don't know how to raise their kids"

Another one bites the dust. Considering they seemed to know exactly what they wanted to tax, it was simply a creative attempt at the anti game bill approach.

Honestly, that is the best one-liner I've heard so far: "Critics complained they shouldn't have to foot the bill for parents who don't know how to raise their children." It's simple, elegant, concise, and true to the core.

Job well done, New Mexico Legislature’s House Business & Industry Committee.

For once, we did something right in the education sector. "Outdoor education" is a load of total and utter bullshit, and even we here in the state with one of the worst education standards can even realize this.

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Critics complained they shouldn’t have to foot the bill for parents who don’t know how to raise their children.
Amen!

That's classic; are they really trying to boost their own position and put gamers down with that line?

w00t of course the law was expected to fail, like a six year girl in a wrestling match against the governator
 
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