As states try to plug their budget gaps, some are preparing to levy taxes on digital downloads.
Such action will have a direct impact on gamers who use digital distribution to purchase games and DLC. Music and other digital content will also be affected.
On behalf of game consumers, the Entertainment Consumers Association has launched action campaigns against such initiatives in Washington, New York and Mississippi. ECA President Hal Halpin explained the move in the letter below to Washington state members yesterday:
The Washington state legislature is currently proposing a bill which would impose a tax on digitally distributed products, known as House Bill 2075. The timing could not be worse. This bill would harm Washington consumers - including you - by raising prices at exactly the time that so many are feeling the repercussions of the economic fallout.
Speak up now and tell the Washington state legislature "no" to HB 2075.
One result of this legislation will be to suppress consumption, which will cause layoffs at effected businesses, including the video game industry, which employs many Washington residents.
Tell your representative to vote "no" on HB 2075.
In the midst of a financial crisis, bills such as this are precisely what consumers don't need. Please take the time to write your state representative, and also help spread the word by telling your friends in Washington State.
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