New York governor proposes ‘iPod tax’ along with 88 new fees and taxes

“New York Governor David Paterson [D] has reportedly proposed a so-called ‘iPod tax’ on downloaded music and entertainment services to help his state close a $15.4 billion budget deficit,” The Silicon Valley / San Jose Business Journal reports.

The Silicon Valley / San Jose Business Journal continues, “The Daily News reported that Apple Inc.’s products aren’t Paterson’s only targets. He has proposed 88 new fees and taxes that go far beyond, including on movie tickets, taxi rides, soda, beer, wine, cigars, massages, cable and satellite TV.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: How about spending less of the taxpayers’ money? Oh, sorry, how silly of us.

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  1. MDN:

    Love the take. Love the quote.

    It’s just sad that however appropriate or true that quote may be, these boards are going to be filled with left-wing jabs because of who said it.

  2. download tax? hahahaha

    hey my american cousins, you are paying for wasted money through these taxes. car company bailouts.. hahaha. i swear, if this goes through, i will point at all americans and laugh in their faces. not even in canada, where we get raped for taxes, would this slide.

    time to pick up those guns you guys love to keep in your home and start another revolution.

  3. It sounds like the governor wants to tax any kind of entertainment. The tax on soda (a so-called obesity tax) makes me wonder if personal responsibility will ever make a comeback in America. Probably not, given which party has just won the election. Government handouts for everyone!! 🙁

  4. Ok, MikeR, Electoral College is needed so the small states count. Without them, a candidate only has to carry CA, IL, NY, and TX. Not that mob rule doesn’t have its appeal… if you’re on the side of the majority. But I mention that in passing.

    iPod Tax, nifty, with Sugar Soda Tax upped tax on Cigarettes… I did not see that coming (pun intended.) But hey, that’s the CHANGE you asked for.

    MW: future … bleak

  5. great take, but most of the really negative comments will probably come right of center, not left.
    It’s funny watching these boards from the outside. The lefties make a bunch of comments, but the really nasty ones seem to come from a few, but very vocal rightwing posters. (usually anonymous too)

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