"*SOB* our poor, poor overtaxed Mom & Pop Brick & Mortar businesses can't survive with out of state tax free competition. *Boo hoo hoo hoo*"
The solution is NEVER, EVER, EVER lower our local taxes so they can compete, It's ALWAYS impose taxes on someone, somewhere.
Preferably someone who has no presence in our voter pool and can't vote us out.
This used to be called "Taxation without representation", and we have fought one bloody war to end it.
Don't make us do it again.
Stop, take a breath and start using your brain.
#1 No new taxes are being created. The sales taxes already exist, just some retailers are using a loophole to dodge them.
#2 This is a sales tax, the consumer pays it not the business. The business is only obligated to collect it and forward it to the correct taxing entity. So your taxation without representation is a bunch of non-sense. If I want Texas to exempt out of state businesses from sales tax requirements, I get to vote for the Gov., Lt. Gov, a senator and a congressman with that in mind. I am fully represented.
#3 The sales tax level varies from state to state based on the tax policy of the state. States like Texas actually have a very business friendly tax structure. We don't have an income tax, so our sales tax is one of the highest in the country. Our property taxes tend toward the high end also. However, from an overall standpoint we are a low tax state. Overall, it's the bottom line that counts, not the individual line items.