The state should tax adult magazines rather than textbooks, which is a "tax on learning," State Sen. Anthony Masiello said Wednesday.
On the eve of Literacy Week, the Buffalo Democrat said he will introduce legislation calling for the elimination of the state sales tax on textbooks. To make up for the loss in revenue, the state would tax Playboy, Penthouse and other such magazines, under Masiello's proposal.
Ten states, including Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and New Jersey, currently exempt textbooks from state sales tax.
"My intent is to shift the burden away from the student . . . who pays an additional $100 to $150 a year in taxes on educational materials," Masiello said.
At the University at Buffalo, the "book taxes" paid by students amount to $422,000 a year; at Buffalo State College, it's $176,000, Masiello said.