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GOP opposition likely to block new 'Netflix tax' in Kansas


January 24, 2020

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Opposition from top Republican lawmakers in Kansas appears to have doomed Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's plan to tax streaming services, e-books, and movie and music downloads like most other states do.

Kelly and fellow Democrats pitch it as basic fairness. Consumers who buy or rent a DVD of their favorite "Star Wars" movie or go to the movie theater pay the state's 6.5% sales tax, but they don't if they stream or download the same movie.

The idea is hardly new: Thirty-three states have some form of such a tax, according to the Tax Foundation, a conservative-leaning Wa...

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