Posted in music | technology on December 17, 2008

Hot Chip on the Daily News (thx Brian)
I Tax

Gov. Paterson's proposed $121 billion budget hits New Yorkers in their iPods - and nickels-and-dimes them in lots of other places, too.

Trying to close a $15.4 billion budget gap, Paterson called for 88 new fees and a host of other taxes, including an "iPod tax" that taxes the sale of downloaded music and other "digitally delivered entertainment services."

"We're going to have to take some extreme measures," Paterson said Tuesday after unveiling the slash-and-burn budget.
[Daily News]

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Comments (59)

YES WE CAN!

Posted by Anonymous | December 17, 2008 12:49 PM

Douche. But we will give the the Yankees more tax dollars for the new stadium. fucktards.

Posted by Anonymous | December 17, 2008 12:49 PM

if only patterson could see what he's doing.

Posted by Anonymous | December 17, 2008 12:50 PM

Only if OiNK is legalized FAIR TRADE

Posted by Anonymous | December 17, 2008 12:51 PM

Where's my bailout?!

Posted by Gary S. | December 17, 2008 12:51 PM

Joe Biden: "Paying more in taxes is patriotic."

Posted by Anonymous | December 17, 2008 12:51 PM

sweet, now people will be even more likely to steal music.

Posted by Anonymous | December 17, 2008 12:55 PM

This is why I'm happy to live in NJ.

Posted by Robert | December 17, 2008 12:55 PM

sweet, now people will be even more likely to cheat on their taxes.

/fixed

Posted by Anonymous | December 17, 2008 12:56 PM

I'd swallow higher taxes in this budget if it came with a pay cut for government employees and didn't involve also cutting education programs.

Posted by Anonymous | December 17, 2008 12:57 PM

Non-diet soda is also going up some ungodly amount. And cabs.

So now I can give up soda and paying for music as my new year's resolution.

Posted by Anonymous | December 17, 2008 12:57 PM

Ashlee Dupree's entertainment services will be digitally delivered for sure.

Posted by Anonymous | December 17, 2008 12:58 PM

Oh man, I wish there were a Brooklyn Vegan comments section tax - the dumber the comment, the higher the rate. The economy would be turned around by New Year's.

Posted by Anonymous | December 17, 2008 12:59 PM

"Movie tickets, taxi rides, soda, beer, wine, cigars and massages would be taxed under Paterson's proposal. It also extends sales taxes to cable and satellite TV services and removes the tax exemption for clothes costing less than $110."

Posted by Anonymous | December 17, 2008 1:01 PM

and while you're at it, how about let corporate whatever the fuck company call the new Mets stadium whatever they want, and don't use tax dollars to re-name the Triboro Bridge after Robert Kennedy!

Posted by Anonymous | December 17, 2008 1:03 PM

"This is why I'm happy to live in NJ."

Funniest post all year!!!

Posted by Anonymous | December 17, 2008 1:04 PM

They should just call this the Enjoyment Tax.

Posted by Anonymous | December 17, 2008 1:05 PM

liar, nobody's happy to live in jersey

Posted by Anonymous | December 17, 2008 1:11 PM

Ok, so, illegally download music & movies, walk or bike instead of cab or subway, no cigars, thrift shop, drop cable, liquor only. This is doable.

Posted by Anonymous | December 17, 2008 1:12 PM

There is only one way to kill capitalism – by taxes, taxes, and more taxes. – Karl Marx

Posted by Anonymous | December 17, 2008 1:23 PM

this must be the change obama was promising.

Posted by Anonymous | December 17, 2008 1:23 PM

fuck it...i'm moving to NJ.

Posted by Anonymous | December 17, 2008 1:27 PM

Maybe this will be good for the record/cd stores that have been going under because of the internet music sales. The cost of buying music from each source will even out!

Posted by Anonymous | December 17, 2008 1:29 PM

call me when you learn to spell your name, patterson

Posted by Anonymous | December 17, 2008 1:31 PM

i'd flip him the bird but, really, what would be the point?

Posted by Anonymous | December 17, 2008 1:32 PM

He's also taxing Williamsburg concerts and cans of pbr

Posted by Anonymous | December 17, 2008 1:34 PM

Blind Joke!!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA ...wow....that was good man. Awesome.

Opting for this over an income tax increase for the rich ..er...... euro/non new yorkers that have invaded the city is troubling.

Sorry bands and musicians i love. i will be stealing your music, but i promise to see you live and by shirts regradless of whether I wear them or not.

Posted by Anonymous | December 17, 2008 1:37 PM

the fed cuts the rates for the banks, yet the banks do not cuts the rates they charge the people.

we're all getting fucked and no one is doing anything about it.

Posted by Anonymous | December 17, 2008 1:42 PM

The biggest problem with New York's budget is medicaid, and New York's heavy reliance on Wall Street for tax revenue. The former can be solved by Obama's plan, the latter will require this kind of counter-cyclical tax increase we're seeing today, but with less pain if the medicaid were taken care of.
As an aside, it would be nice if Obama's "stimulus" focused more on public transportation improvements and less on widening highways. We'll see what he comes out with, I'm hoping for the best.

Posted by Anonymous | December 17, 2008 1:42 PM

this is just silly...

hello, mr. governor. we already pay taxes on that, it's called ny state sales tax.

right? I think it applies sales tax to this, so when people use their credit cards to pay... it's already there.

I'm confused, I need reassurance.

in related silly taxes: your soda will be taxed more. wtf.

Posted by dee | December 17, 2008 1:43 PM

"this must be the change obama was promising."

yea, no doubt obama was sitting right next to patterson, going over the proposal line by line, finding new ways to tax new york state residents.

douche.

Posted by HolyCouuggh | December 17, 2008 1:44 PM

Becasue Obama et al hate raising taxes, right? LOL! YES WE CAN!

Posted by Anonymous | December 17, 2008 1:52 PM

this is an interesting political lesson for people to learn the hard way.

Posted by RocktheVote | December 17, 2008 1:56 PM

Obama wants to raise taxes for the wealthy, at least before raising them for everybody else. Which is the opposite of the way the Republicans run things. And guess what- the creeps have dug us into a recession. Getting out of it is going to hurt.

Posted by Anonymous | December 17, 2008 1:56 PM

Impeach Churchill!!!

Posted by Anonymous | December 17, 2008 2:00 PM

"And guess what- the creeps have dug us into a recession"

Right. And I guess the Democratic initiative (Community Reinvestment Act) forcing banks to give mortgages to people who couldn't afford them had nothing to do with it.

coo-coo.

Posted by Anonymous | December 17, 2008 2:11 PM

Soda taxes sound like they would cost more to collect than they would earn.

Posted by Aaron | December 17, 2008 2:17 PM

mavericky!

Posted by Anonymous | December 17, 2008 2:23 PM

I guess its smart to raise taxes on all the people that don't really go out to vote anyways (ie the working, the lazy, and the fat) and only the poor versions of those at that

Posted by Anonymous | December 17, 2008 2:25 PM

So Bloomberg is going to take away my city job...and Paterson is going to make me pay more for everything...2009 is going to be a fun year.

Posted by Anonymous | December 17, 2008 2:25 PM

No more free rides. Is that really a big problem? I don't see the issue with taxing music- everything else is taxed.

Limewire?

Posted by Anonymous | December 17, 2008 2:29 PM

@12:55 No one, NO ONE is happy to live in NJ. Get a job son.

Posted by Robert's Dad | December 17, 2008 2:39 PM

No more free rides. Is that really a big problem? I don't see the issue with taxing music- everything else is taxed.

Someone I think of Music Downloads as a luxury. I don't feel so bad paying tax on what otherwise (Physical CDs) is taxed. Where is the tax on Lattes?

Posted by Anonymous | December 17, 2008 3:07 PM

Puppet masters pull their strings.

Posted by Anonymous | December 17, 2008 3:47 PM

this is the continuation of the shrinking of the middle class. things costing more and more as time goes on. just wait 20 more years and see where were at.

oh, and fuck dirty diesel fuel new jersey.

Posted by Anonymous | December 17, 2008 4:14 PM

how much did hot chip pay the daily news to put them on the cover?

Posted by Anonymous | December 17, 2008 4:34 PM

remember the time when you ate a hot chip? HOT CHIP, HOT CHIP

Posted by Anonymous | December 17, 2008 4:46 PM

where is my fucking money!!!

Posted by Anonymous | December 17, 2008 5:16 PM

Bernie spent it.

Posted by Anonymous | December 17, 2008 5:20 PM

Paterson is probably one-and-done cuz Andrew Cuomo will probably beat him in the primary, THEN, it'll be nasty dog fight between him and Guiliani in 2010.

The "no-tax-on-clothes-under-$110" rule was created under Guiliani, but still........ its GUILIANI!

Posted by b.LOUD | December 17, 2008 5:34 PM

"The 'no-tax-on-clothes-under-$110' rule was created under Guiliani..."

There are three components to the sales tax rate in NYC: the City's, the State's and the MTA's tiny share. For there to be no sales tax at all on clothing, every one of those entities has to forego their portion.

Posted by Anonymous | December 17, 2008 7:22 PM

someone should throw their shoes at him during his next press conference.

Posted by Anonymous | December 17, 2008 7:32 PM

"Oh man, I wish there were a Brooklyn Vegan comments section tax - the dumber the comment, the higher the rate. The economy would be turned around by New Year's."

*rimshot*


by the way i know you guys have the political understanding of a bunch of 5 year olds/the post, and think paterson is all-powerful like the president or kim jong-il, but in order for him to pass this beloved income tax on the rich he would have to get it through the senate which is controlled by republicans. if you really think he's the one who wants to cut education for underprivileged kids you are either a republican or dumber than one. oh no, not an itunes tax! i voted for CHANGE, but i didn't expect "shared burdens" to mean that my parents can't afford my luxury dorm!

Posted by Anonymous | December 17, 2008 8:26 PM

excuse me, i once took an introductory political science class at an accredited state liberal arts institution of higher education thus becoming a master of governmental theory and a seasoned pundit.

die.

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2008 1:05 PM

"...the senate which is controlled by republicans."

Democrats will have a majority of the seats in the New York state senate come January. Unfortunately, three maverick Democratic state senators who are opposed to gay marriage may vote for a Republican to be the senate's leader.

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2008 7:42 PM

yeah, i agree w/ an earlier commenter above about NY state medicaid (which by the way, is much better than most private insurance plans out there.) it's unreal how many NY state residents AND thousands of people from around the world fly to new york to get medical care. this is just a fact - i'm not stating any opinions or being judgmental.

NYC will always be the number one place in the world for "your tired, your poor, your huddle masses yearning to breathe free," and therefore, NY state taxes will always be rising.

i hope Obamossiah can make things better.

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Posted by BenchCraft | March 23, 2010 6:07 AM

Did this ever get implemented? Seems like a pretty far reaching tax to try to squeeze people on a 99cent download.

Posted by Paying Taxes | January 31, 2013 12:40 PM

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