Publications tax; created, revenue to be deposited in Water Quality Improvement Fund. (HB2225)

Introduced By

Del. Leo Wardrup (R-Virginia Beach)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Publications tax; Virginia Water Quality Improvement Fund. Creates a tax to be imposed on newspapers, magazines, newsletters, or other publications at the rate of $0.01 on every such publication delivered and sold in the Commonwealth. The revenue generated shall be deposited into the Virginia Water Quality Improvement Fund. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/09/2007Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/07 078828536
01/09/2007Referred to Committee on Finance
01/18/2007Assigned Finance sub: #1 (Orrock)
01/19/2007Impact statement from TAX (HB2225)
01/30/2007Impact statement from TAX (HB2225)


Ando writes:

While I agree with the intent of this bill, funding the Water Quality Improvement Fund, particularly with dedicated revenues; the choice of a taxing newspapers, periodicals etc. seems odd.

I also wonder how sustainable this would be from a long term financial planning perspective, as more and more people obtain news through non-traditional means. This would be critical if the revenue generated was used to pay the debt service on bonds over 20 years (which I believe has been discussed among some as a method to clean up the state's waters).

Waldo Jaquith writes:

In political terms, there's little more reckless than introducing a tax on newspapers. The editorial writers aren't fond of it. :)