CT Proposes 10% Excise Tax For All Games Rated "M"
Man, my state is really pissing me off lately.
After the Newtown school shooting, politicians everywhere have pointed their rigid, ignorant fingers at video games. Some want the ESRB ratings to become legally binding, others have made outlandish statements like "games are a bigger problem than guns," and still others want to tax violent games.
Recently, Connecticut senator Chris Murphy proposed that if the gunman hadn't played a video game that empowered him, the tragedy might never have happened. ...brilliant guy, right there. But wait, Connecticut isn't done embarrassing itself; now it's the turn of Debralee Hovey (R-112th District), who has proposed a 10% excise tax on all games sold in the state that are rated M for Mature. This would make a game go from $60 to $70, by the way. Funds from this endeavor would be handed to the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, so educational materials can be created for families.
That education, by the way, would highlight the "warning signs" of video game addiction and antisocial behavior.
I have no further comment.
2/6/2013 9:22:59 PM Ben Dutka