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Texas Senator Proposes Game Tax 162

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from the popular-idea-i'm-sure dept.
Via 1up, an article at the Brownsville Herald detailing a proposed tax on videogames. From the article: "The McAllen Democrat said on Wednesday he plans to propose a 5 percent tax on videogames when he and other members of the Senate Finance Committee meet this weekend to discuss a series of tax bills. It would raise about $65 million every two years and be designated for new schools and building upgrades at poor school districts, he said. 'You have all these kids buying videogames, and sometimes they are good, some are bad and that's not my call,' Hinojosa said. 'But I think that we can generate (money) to put toward the schools they go to.'"
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Texas Senator Proposes Game Tax

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  • by Nom du Keyboard (633989) on Thursday April 27, 2006 @06:43PM (#15216641)
    The McAllen Democrat said...

    How about a tax on Democrats who don't think there are enough taxes? Maybe we could tax them out of existence.

    And it's not even a tax on the kids, but on their parents. Just another school tax being described as something other than it really is (i.e. I'm taxing kids who buy video games to pay for their schools.)

    Or we could tax stupidity. That would put the Democrats out of business before the Republicans -- but not by much!

  • Re:from the wtf dept (Score:5, Informative)

    by Guppy06 (410832) on Thursday April 27, 2006 @08:07PM (#15217278)
    "you know...if these politicians took a 5% pay-cut"

    There are 181 members of the Texas Legislature (31 Senators and 150 Representatives). Each one earns $7,200 a year (really! [utexas.edu]) , your 5% pay cut idea would save the state $65,160.

    In 2005, the amount of money the Texas Legislature appropriated for general education was $13 Billion. So you'd be increasing that by 0.000005%

    Nice try, thanks for playing.

    "(or just forgo a raise for a year)"

    This is a state proposal, not federal. The Texas Legislature cannot raise its own salary ("cost of living" or otherwise) without the matter first being put before the voters (which is why they're stuck at $7,200 to begin with).

    "if Chenney would donate some of his return"

    1. He's from Wyoming, not Texas, otherwise Texas couldn't vote for the Bush/Cheney ticket.
    2. He owed the IRS money, to the tune of over $500,000
    3. Even if he donated every cent he made in 2005 (around $2 million), you'd still be increasing educational spending in Texas by 0.00015%.


    "that's alot of money for a po' person like me and old Oprah"

    But a drop in the bucket in the budget for one of the most economically vibrant states in the Union.
  • by acidrain69 (632468) on Thursday April 27, 2006 @08:13PM (#15217332) Journal
    Just about everything you said was BS.

    I don't know where you live, but I don't know anywhere outside large, high-cost-of-living cities that pay starting teachers $40k+.

    My wife is a teacher, with a masters degree, and even with the masters she doesn't make $40k.

    And just because you work 8 months a year, it doesn't automatically translate to a $60k a year salary. You try finding seasonal work that will pay you $5k per month. Oh wait, you just got out of high school.

    No one is saying there should be 10 kids to a class. But when you have 25-30 kids running around like crazy, it is more difficult to handle them.

    I don't know when we ever had 50 students to a classroom in a single room schoolhouse, but the 1870's are so last century. The curriculum is a million times harder than it was then, when most people didn't go to college or even high school. We may not be #1 in the world (or 2 or 3 or 4 etc) but we are WAAAAY more educated as a country than we were back then.

    Don't even get me started on "No child left behind" and the FCAT. I know many teachers. My mother. My mother in law. Many of my wife's friends. They all have to teach less and focus on the bullshit FCAT.
  • by Richard Frost (18848) on Friday April 28, 2006 @11:27AM (#15221211)
    I'm from New Jersey. The teacher's union here has negotiated beginning salares of $35K, and are pushing for $40K.

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