Taxing internet ads could raise lots of money, but doubts persist

Leading Maryland lawmakers seeking a way to help pay for a $4 billion, 10-year education plan came up with what they consider an innovative idea of where to get the cash: deep-pocketed internet companies.The Democratic proposal would tax Facebook and Google for every ad the companies run on the computer screens of Maryland residents visiting their sites. If passed, the plan would make the Old Line State the first in the nation to raise revenue by taxing online advertising.“Massive technology corporations have ballooned in size and influence over the last two decades,” wrote Maryland Senate Pre…

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