There is literally nothing that the left doesn’t like to tax and tax again. In Chicago, anyone who plays a video game is now being slapped with an Orwellian Amusement Tax. And citizens there are furious over it. The tax includes video games, streaming services, and other digital-entertainment mediums.
All of this stems from the bitter fact that Chicago and in fact, Illinois, is broke. They have to cover pension funds somehow, so of course, Democrats turn to taxation to do that. Don’t cut spending… just tax everyone into oblivion. ZeroHedge has more on this insanity:
When they powered up their Playstations on Nov. 9, Gamers in the Windy City were furious to learn that they will now need to fork over a 9% levy to the city every time they pay for any of a suite of online services as Chicago steps up enforcement of its supremely unpopular Amusement Tax, which was expanded in 2015 to cover video games, streaming services, and other digital-entertainment mediums. While some companies have resisted what they have decried as an overreach by city tax collectors, who are desperately trying to plug a massive budget hole while supporting some of the most under-funded public pensions in the country, Sony has become the latest video gaming company to acquiesce to the city’s demands. Meanwhile, Nintendo and Microsoft (which owns Xbox) have been collecting the levies since 2015.
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