TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – Opposition from top Republican lawmakers in Kansas appears to have doomed Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly’s plan to tax streaming services, e-books and movie and music downloads like most other states.
Kelly and fellow Democrats pitch it as basic fairness. Consumers who buy a DVD of their favorite “Star Wars” movie pay the state’s 6.5% sales tax but they don’t if they stream the same movie or download it on a computer.
But GOP lawmakers in Kansas strongly oppose the idea and say it would have little public support. Senate Majority Leader Jim Denning said Thursday that it is “dead on arrival.” Lawmakers are also pointing to Kelly’s campaign promise that she wouldn’t raise taxes.