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The Maryland Senate voted 29-17 to override Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan's veto of the new tax on advertising, which will affect Google, Facebook and other companies making $100 million globally from digital ads targeting people in Maryland. The Maryland House voted to override the veto on Thursday.
The first-in-the-nation tax has stirred up pushback from the tech giants, which are threatening to raise the price for digital advertising in Maryland. Industry groups have argued that businesses in Maryland will ultimately shoulder the costs.
But supporters of the tax say that it's past time for Facebook, Google and Amazon to pay the same taxes as traditional advertisers. Ultimately, the tax could raise an estimated $250 million to fund state education projects.
It's likely that the companies will sue to stop the tax from going into effect, arguing that it violates the First Amendment and federal laws against taxing internet companies.
Emily Birnbaum ( @birnbaum_e) is a tech policy reporter with Protocol. Her coverage focuses on the U.S. government's attempts to regulate one of the most powerful industries in the world, with a focus on antitrust, privacy and politics. Previously, she worked as a tech policy reporter with The Hill after spending several months as a breaking news reporter. She is a Bethesda, Maryland native and proud Kenyon College alumna.