If you live in Wisconsin, that Xbox 360 DLC you’ve got your eye on is about to get 5% pricier. Ditto for that PC game you’re considering downloading from Steam.
The Spectator reports that Gov. Jim Doyle (D, left) has signed into law a measure that will impose a 5% sales tax on digital goods. In addition to game content, things such as music, movies, digital books and ringtones will be affected.
State Rep. Scott Suder, a Republican, was among those who opposed the new tax:
It’s basically taxing students to fill in the Doyle budget shortfall, and I think that’s unfair.
Wisconsin officials estimate that the levy will raise approximately $10.9 million between 2009 and 2011.