Tax on violent video games to pay for school safety? That’s one lawmaker’s suggestion

Jan Murphy | Friday, February 8, 2019, Harrisburg Patriot News

A state lawmaker wants to make gamers pay more to feed their appetite for video games that involve blood, gore, death and destruction.

Under the legislation offered by Rep. Christopher Quinn, R-Delaware County, the cost of video games rated as suitable for mature or adult audiences sold in Pennsylvania would be subject to a new 10 percent tax. The revenue raised from this tax on “M” or “AO” rated video games would go toward supporting school safety measures.

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School safety task force report gets OK from school boards group, which adds 2 suggestions

Jan Murphy | Tuesday, August 28, 2018, Harrisburg Patriot News

The school safety task force report to enhance the safety of Pennsylvania schools was on target in its call for more funding and recognition there is not a one-size-fits-all solution to keeping kids safe at school, according to the Pennsylvania School Boards Association CEO.

In a statement about the report released on Monday, Nathan Mains, who leads the organization representing the state’s 4,500 elected school directors, said he values the many recommendations that the task force put forth for local school boards to consider in their ongoing school safety discussions.

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