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

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Berlin, Germany – March 19: In this photo illustration the app of streaming service netflix is displayed on a smartphone on March 19, 2018 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo Illustration by Thomas Trutschel/Photothek via Getty Images)

TOPEKA, Kan. — Opposition from top Republican lawmakers in Kansas appears to have doomed Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly’s plan to tax streaming services.

Netflix and similarly-based services were among e-books and movie and music downloads in the proposed tax, which many other states already have. Kelly and fellow Democrats pitched it as basic fairness.

Consumers who buy a DVD of their favorite “Star Wars” movie pay the state’s 6.5 percent sales tax, but they don’t have to if they stream the same movie or download it on a computer.

However, GOP lawmakers in Kansas strongly oppose the idea. They also said it would have little public support.

Senate Majority Leader Jim Denning said Thursday that it is “dead on arrival.”

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