Connecticut lawmaker Debralee Hovey’s (R-112nd District) has proposed a bill that would tax Mature or “M” rated games ten percent. So games bought in the state of Connecticut would run you about $70 with the new tax. The bill asks that the states statutes be amended to allow for this tax on video games.
Money from the tax would be given to the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services to help educate families on the “warning signs of video game addiction and antisocial behavior”. The ironic thing about this is, if a family doesn’t care enough about their child to already buy them games they are too young to have; what makes this lawmaker think more education is going to help?
Plus this bill is still short sighted; gamers in Connecticut will just start buying their games online. Newegg.com for example does not charge sales tax in Connecticut so people can order their games online.
This is seriously getting ridiculous; these politicians are literally scapegoating video games because it is easy and a lot less controversial to do than gun rights. There has still been little to no proof that violent video games cause real world violence, but these politicians have no idea how to fix a complex issue like mass shootings so they start blaming anything they can to “fix” the problem.