SACRAMENTO (AP) - A state lawmaker wants California to tax music
and video downloads from online entertainment sites.
Assemblyman Charles Calderon has asked the state Board of Equalization to redefine what constitutes a tangible item taxable by the state. He says anything that can be downloaded from the Internet could fit the bill.
The request by Calderon, a Democratic from the Los Angeles suburb of Whittier, comes after a study released this week found Apple's iTunes has surpassed Wal-Mart as the nation's leading music retailer.
Calderon's critics say he is trying to circumvent the normal path to get a new state tax approved.
Tax hikes typically require a two-thirds majority vote in both houses of the Legislature - a threshold that requires some Republican support. Redefining downloads, however, may only require a vote of support by the Legislature's Democratic majority.
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