Oklahoma State Representative William Fourkiller (D) has put forth legislation in the State house that would impose a 1% surtax on all sales of Teen, Mature, and Adults-Only video games. Representative Fourkiller has claimed the intent of the bill is to combat the dangers of violent video games, with the tax revenue gained from its implementation to go into preventative measures against childhood obesity and bullying.
“Violent video games contribute to some of our societal problems like obesity and bullying, but because they raise a lot of revenue, they can also provide part of the solution,” Fourkiller proclaimed.
Current legal estimates place the gains of this legislation at approximately $2.2 million. These kinds of surtaxes, usually on consumer products like tobacco and cigarettes, are traditionally put forward to discourage certain types of behavior rather than gain significant amounts of tax revenue.
What do you think about Rep. Fourkiller’s legislation, EGs? Would such a surtax be the deterrent the representative is looking for? Comment below!