Resolution Opposing the State Video Tax Fairness Act of 2011 (H.R. 1804)

WHEREAS, states have authority to impose and collect taxes and fees on multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs) should they choose to do so; and
WHEREAS, states have exercised this authority in various ways, in some cases by establishing a system of tax parity among MVPDs, and in other cases a system of preferential tax treatment for certain MVPDs; and
WHEREAS, it is up to a state to determine the extent to which, if at all, various MVPDs are taxed; and 
WHEREAS, the State Video Tax Fairness Act of 2011 (H.R. 1804) would interfere with state tax authority over MVPDs activities within their borders; and
WHEREAS, the State Video Tax Fairness Act represents a case of the federal government picking “winners and losers” by mandating a policy of unequal taxation.
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that The Council of State Governments opposes the State Video Tax Fairness Act of 2011 (H.R. 1804); and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that a copy of this resolution be sent to appropriate members of Congress and executive officials.
Approved on October 23, 2011 at CSG’s National Conference in Bellevue, Washington.