Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm has proposed a 6% “luxury tax” to be levied upon sports, concert, and movie tickets, as well as golfing, bowling, and health club memberships. Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch has started a campaign to actively fight the proposed tax: Less than 24 hours after sealing... Read more
According to the website NoTicketTax.com, Michigan is the becoming the latest in a long list of state governments seriously considering using extrodinarily high ticket taxes to boost government revenue. The Website appears to be sponsored by the group “Fans Against The Ticket Tax” and was registered on June 11th... Read more
The New York State Senate unanimously approved a bill removing the ticket markup caps in New York state. Gov. Eliot Spitzer has tentatively indicated . . . he will sign the bill into law. The law also gives all ticket holders the legal right to resell their tickets. Read more
Dorchester consumer activist Colman Herman’s streak of courtroom victories appeared to come to a halt yesterday as a Supreme Judicial Court justice indicated there was no legal justification for his attempt to make a Weymouth ticket reseller publicly release the name of its chief supplier of Red Sox tickets.... Read more
By Alfred Branch, Jr. On August 1, the likes of Tom Petty and other artists will no longer have to hide the fact that they’re scalping tickets to their own shows in the Land of 10,000 Lakes. Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty Monday signed into law a bill that repealed... Read more
Currently, tickets cannot be resold for more than $5 above face value, but a new bill aims to change that. Through a new bill introduced in the Pennsylvania State Senate, students will be permitted to resell athletic tickets — such as Penn State football game tickets — through certain... Read more
By Alfred Branch, Jr. Connecticut’s proposed bill to repeal its scalping law will be heard by the state’s General Assembly during the current legislative session, following a move Monday by House Democrats to emergency certify the bill. Last week, the bill was in legal limbo after the legislature’s General... Read more
By Alfred Branch, Jr. A proposed bill to repeal Connecticut’s anti-scalping law received unanimous support Tuesday from the legislative subcommittee overseeing it, but the proposal did not make it to the docket for an eventual General Assembly vote because it was not filed on time. All 19 members of... Read more
By Alfred Branch, Jr. New York State’s ticket scalping law, which allows for the resale of tickets above face value to large events, is set to expire on June 1, and the chairman of the League of American Theaters and Producers is advocating its demise. In a letter to... Read more
By Alfred Branch, Jr. By an overwhelming margin, the Minnesota Senate recently approved a bill to repeal the state’s 94-year-old anti-scalping law. Currently, people caught scalping tickets are charged with a misdemeanor and face a fine of up to $1,000 and 90 days in jail. If the measure is... Read more