Democratic governors have long been tax hiking trailblazers, leading the way on proposing some of the most asinine tax proposals that often leave their constituents dumbfounded. Their ingenuity in finding new ways to take money out of taxpayers’ pockets is unrivaled, including tax hikes on everything short of breathing (so far), including rain and drinking water.
Just when you thought the Democrats may have finally run out of things to tax, enter Kansas Governor Laura Kelly.
Kelly is making the most of her newfound fame as the subject of Democratic presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar’s recent debate gaffe by advocating for a new proposal to squeeze another $27 million out of the pockets of hardworking Kansas taxpayers. Dubbed the “Netflix Tax,” Kelly’s proposal would levy a tax on “all sales of digital property and subscription services,” opening up anyone who subscribes to popular platforms like Netflix, Spotify, Disney+, and Amazon Prime to a tax hike.
Not only are state legislators not buying Kelly’s proposal, calling it a “nightmare” and a means to fund Kelly’s “growth of government”; The Kansas City Star editorial board slammed Kelly’s Netflix Tax, writing that it would impact “virtually everyone in the state,” is “cynical and wrong,” and “should be rejected.”