Broadway League Opposes Theatre Ticket Sales Tax

With the economy of New York state in an incredible budget deficit ($13.7 billion… what?!!), Governor Paterson has a plan of action that would involve taxation on everything from sporting events to movie tickets to theatre tickets, citing precedence in other states. The state would implement a tax of four percent. It doesn’t stop there: NYC also finds itself in similarly dire financial straits and is poised to add a four percent tax as well. Given the current economic state and its already negative impact on the NY theatre community, the Broadway League has taken a definitive stand against the taxation. As it’s highly unlikely that producers will lower theatre ticket prices, it looks as if a night at the theatre is just about to get more expensive.