Could Playing Fortnite Be Used To Pay For NH Schools?
One lawmaker says it's 'embarrassing' how little the state supports schools.
Public education needs funding, and your new flat-screen may help pay for it. According to the Portsmouth Patch, Rep. Skip Cleaver, D-Nashua, is the prime sponsor of House Bill 1492.
Public would enact a 4.3 percent tax on electronics such as TV's, computers, and smartphones. Cleaver said "Video games are kind of the opposite of education and what is opposite of education ought to fund it." "We do not have enough money for education," according to Portsmouth Patch.
While he wasn't at the meeting, Republican Gov. Chris Sununu registered his opposition to the bill.
Will it fly? In 'tax free' New Hampshire? That's a concern for many lawmakers. According to the Portsmouth Patch, many committee members and speakers at the public hearing said the proposal transmits a mixed message for a 'tax free' state. The new bill would kill the state's no-tax brand, hurt cross-border sales, according to one attendee. "Once you can no longer say 'Tax-free shopping,' the New Hampshire advantage is over," said the association's lobbyist Curtis Barry. Public education needs funding, and your new flat-screen may help pay for it. According to the Portsmouth patch, Rep. Skip Cleaver, D-Nashua, is the prime sponsor of House Bill 1492.
According to the Patch, the committee did not make an immediate recommendation on the bill.