I don't live in New York, but I can't even start on what a dumb idea this is... A bill introduced by Democratic Assemblyman Felix Ortiz in the New York State legislature to pass a special 1% tax on video games as well as TV commercials and junk food to fund an obesity prevention program may die if it cannot be passed before lawmakers adjourn for the summer on June 19. Ortiz blames New York’s growing obesity “problem” primarily on a combination of poor nutrition and sedentary activities like video games - although he does not rule out later tax increases on other things that contribute to obesity. Ortiz claims that the approximately $1 million raised by the tax would be used to kick-start physical fitness program in New York State’s public schools and would include health promotion campaigns and establishing physical education and nutrition programs. The bill faces stiff opposition from New York’s business community who argue that New Yorkers already face crippling taxes after the legislature increased the state’s sales and income taxes and recently was dealt another major blow when Republican State majority Leader Joseph Bruno stated that he would not support the bill. I got the story from Gamespy.