WPR News
6:08 pm
Tue February 16, 2010

Tax proposed for dowloading media

Cheyenne, WY – The Wyoming House of Representatives is debating a new bill to tax digital media. Currently, state residents are taxed if they purchase books, CDs and movies from stores, but are not taxed if they download digital copies of the same items. If this bill passes, digital media would be taxed equally. Representative David Miller of Riverton opposes the bill, but says the tax would level the playing field for local businesses. "So, we're shifting away from buying these products locally and so our tax base is leaving our local communities so we have to figure out some way not to put the local vendors at a competitive disadvantage."
Miller says local governments are losing the ability to pay for such things as fixing potholes and streets. Supporters of the bill say this would help even out the boom and bust nature of Wyoming's economy. The bill will be debated two more times.