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Quinn Backs Off iTax

By Marcus Gilmer in News on Apr 22, 2010 7:20PM

2010_04_22_itunes.jpg A day after his idea of a proposed tax on digital downloads made headlines and raised ire across the state, Gov. Quinn is backing down on that proposal but sticking to his guns for the income tax hike. It seems the iTax was just one of the more eye-catching of a long list of proposals Quinn was spitballing with legislative leaders. Said Quinn, "We had a meeting with the legislative leaders the other day, we made a list of all the possible things that could happen. I didn’t advocate that. I’m not interested in doing that, frankly.” Under the plan, a $9.99 album would have carried a tax of 50-cents while a $14.99 movie would have carried a tax of 75-cents. It seems paying an extra fifty cents per Nickelback record didn't appeal to him, either.