House Finance committee defeats bill seeking to institute “Netflix Tax”

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Republicans in the Virginia House of Delegates once again stood up for Virginia taxpayers Monday, killing a bill to raise taxes on hardworking Virginians. House Bill 1051 introduced by Delegate Vivian Watts (D-Fairfax), would have instituted a tax on streaming video services such as Netflix, Hulu, and Pandora.

“The people of Virginia don’t need higher taxes, especially on things such as Netflix. This bill would have disproportionately affected millennials who enjoy these streaming services, as well as every family who enjoys a movie night together at home,” said Caucus Chairman Tim Hugo (R-Fairfax).

Republicans unanimously voted to defeat the tax increase proposal. Over the past 15 years the Republican-led House has defeated more than $30 billion in tax increases.

“Constituents I hear from want government to find ways to save money and work more efficiently, not raise their taxes,” Hugo continued. “I’m not quite sure why my colleagues on the left keep trying to make hard working Virginians pay higher taxes.”