Be afraid, Washington: These Tweeners may be the key to a balanced budget.
PubliCola's BookNerd Heidi has proposed an interesting solution for Washington's $2.6 billion dollar budget gap: Institute a Twilight tax. With tourists flocking to once-sleepy Forks in record numbers, Heidi thinks taking a small bite out of each visiting member from Team Edward (or Team Jacob) could add up.
This starts at SeaTac, runs through rental cars, light rail, ferries, hotels, restaurants, and Twilight merchandise. If we impose an extra 4 percent tax (the number of books in the series) on all sales related to Twilight tourism, we'll wipe out the projected $2.6 billion state short fall in no time.
People wont even blink at the tax. If they're already shelling out for the $250 boat tour to Bella's Cliff, they'll certainly be willing to pay $260.
Ya know, Heidi just might be right. About the tax, I mean.
Oddly enough, for a "fan" of the series she somehow fails to mention that there's really five books. I mean, sure, "Midnight Sun" (the retelling of the saga from Edward's point of view) isn't out yet. But Stephenie Meyer wouldn't leave fans like me out in the cold.