Call Her Legislate-ney: Britney Spears Has Inspired New NJ Bill
According to Billboard, New Jersey Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and Senate Democrat James Whelan are sponsoring a bill—called the "Britney bill"—that aims to attract business to the Garden State by giving high-profile performers tax exemptions. Performers would have to hold at least four shows in Atlantic City each year to qualify, but the resultant tax breaks would also extend to other shows they play in New Jersey.
The legislation's inspired by Las Vegas residencies, which aren't subject to tax in Nevada.
The Britney bill was approved Monday (October 5) by the state Senate committee, but is finding some resistance from critics who say it'll lose New Jersey valuable income that could be put toward urgent projects. Nevertheless, the Britney bill's supporters are pressing forward.
"There is tremendous value in the ability to consistently draw world-class entertainment here, especially considering widely successful A-lister residencies in Las Vegas," Kean said, according to Billboard. "The more than 50,000 fans who paid to see A-list performer Maroon 5 in August gives a glimpse of how Atlantic City can transform into a premier entertainment destination."
The only tricky part? There's no cemented rule as to how big a star would have to be to qualify, but the New Jersey Secretary of State will likely set a standard based on sales and awards the artist has won.
Billboard notes the next logical destination for the Britney bill is the Senate budget committee.
A singer, actor and potential catalyst to new legislation: That, friends, is the Britney Effect.