Spearheaded by Republicans in the Louisiana state house of representatives, the legislature voted by 81 to 9 to impose a new tax on Internet use to be paid for by computer users. This leaves Governor Bobby Jindal in an interesting position whether to sign or veto this new Republican led tax. Supposedly, this new tax would help to fund police efforts to prevent Internet crimes. Jindal opposed the new tax scheme. However, the new Internet tax scheme could open the door to new taxes on the Internet to be used solely for the general fund.
Unfortunately, there are always new plans to tax the Internet in some way. And Microsoft even once proposed charging a fee similar to postage to send Emails.
While the Louisiana Republican tax scheme may fund some worthwhile law enforcement efforts, it also begins to endanger the free Internet and to begin a round of taxes on this modern communication medium. It also endangers those services who offer Internet access such as some eating establishments which might soon be forced to charge for such services.
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