As with many tax proposals there doesn't seem to be much of a justification for this, but Wisconsin's governor wants to put a 5% tax on all downloaded media. About the only justification seems to be that a buyer would pay a similar sales tax if they bought something at a local store. Of course, the original justification for the local sales tax was that people were making use of public goods, such as the roads that took them to the store. That's not true any more when you're just downloading something. Of course, as with sales tax on stuff purchased out-of-state via e-commerce sites, this tax would be voluntary -- meaning no one would pay it. Still, that won't stop the governor's political opponents from letting everyone know that the governor wants to "tax their iPod." With that in mind, you have to wonder why it was proposed at all. It's clear no one will pay it, and it gives plenty of ammo to political opponents.
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