Skip to comments.Democrats propose internet tax bill (CT)
Posted on 04/16/2007 1:33:04 PM PDT by Puppage
(Hartford-WTNH) _ The Democrat's new plan calls for extending the 6% sales tax to all purchases on the internet. In order to do that, lawmakers will have to eliminate the exemption for clothing that costs less than $50.
Currently, when you buy an article of clothing that costs less than $50 in the state of Connecticut, it is tax free. It is a long-standing exemption aimed at helping people pay for the necessities.
"The clothing exemption would be eliminated and Mr. and Mrs. Connecticut will end up paying an additional $135-million in taxes on their clothing. It's a bad idea," said Senator William Nickerson.
Today the Finance Committee gives final approval to the Democrats tax plan that eliminates that exemption. They are doing it so they can tax your purchases on the internet. In order to join other states in collecting sales tax on internet purchases, the tax has to be on every dollar. Otherwise the state can not participate and will miss out on an estimated $500-million a year in sales tax revenue.
Governor Rell says it is not worth it to lose the $50-exemption.
"You're talking about a tax on the middle class," said Rell.
The Democrats on this committee feel their tax cuts will more than offset the loss of the $50-clothing exemption.
"We really have to do that to be part of the compact, and we think if we provide relief through another tax mechanism then the burden of paying tax on that first $50 of clothing won't be felt," said State Representative Cameron Staples.
In addition to the internet tax, the Democrat's plan also would hike the cigarette tax another 49-cents a pack.
Aahh, feeeeeeelings. No facts, just feelings.
Will they ever stop coming up with ways to steal my money?
Does CT tax food and medicine, too?.........
Axe the DemoTax.... the communist liberals would Tax to the Max with their hax....
Oh, did we not predict the pinko socialists could not keep their tyrannical taxing fingers off of the internet. They are so TOTALLY PREDICTABLE.
TAX, TAX, TAX, TAX, TAX, TAX....right out of the Communist Manifesto.
I say tax them to the limit and then some. When people keep electing Democrats even when they know it will mean higher taxes then they deserve what they get. What do they expect when they vote Democrat? LOWER TAXES??
This makes sense for Dems. A HUGE part of their base does not use the internet and they pay NO taxes anyway. Do I need to list who they are? I don’t think so.
I don’t live in CT, but there goes another state government nickel and diming the residents to death.
I don’t even understand this one - even if they want to start taxing items purchased throught the internet, why would they then HAVE to get rid of the exemption for clothes under 50 dollars? Couldn’t that be exempt as well?
IP spoofers will become very popular in CT.
How about a STUPID BILL TAX on every GD new tax proposal these thieves come up with?
Let's wait and see who they steal it from after they have it all.
The writer of this article, Chief Capitol Correspondent Mark Davis, apparently learned grammar in a government school. Since the plan is undoubtedly the brainchild of more than one democrat, the apostrophe goes after the "s."
Interestingly enough, in a later paragraph, Mr. Davis writes:
Today the Finance Committee gives final approval to the Democrats tax plan that eliminates that exemption.
That time he didn't even bother with the apostrophe, probably because he had no idea where to put it.
What passes for journalism in 2007 wouldn't have made it through fifth grade in 1957.
(Sorry, Puppage, I don't want to co-op your thread by being the grammar police. I just can't stand the stupidity any more. I know you just transcribed the article as written.)
When free commerce is made illegal via taxation, only "legals" will be criminals.
Doesn't say much for the rule of law but...
Remember that old joke about how the politicians would eventually find a way to tax sunlight and air? I think they’re headed in that direction.
“tax sunlight and air?
Well, forcing the purchase of CO2 offsets is half that.
Obviously feel good legislation without thought of payment.
Don't knock 'em, they're good democrats.
Short answer... NO!
Long answer ... Hell NO!
Why think when you can emote? Ideology feels so good.
Am I correct in assuming that Congress has allowed via the commerce clause for every state in the union to charge the various sales taxes on every business that sends merchandise to its citizens?
Damn straight. You and I and Lynne Truss, guy!
I have been trying for years to talk my wife into moving out of this Democrat hell hole - they keep raising taxes and I maybe able to do it
Wow. Those scumbag Democrats and their taxes.
Always with the taxes.....
Elect dems, watch your taxes go up.
I propose a tax on stupid ideas. It would lead to a tax surplus and a bankrupt Democratic party.
Democrats propose tax bill — well, of course! lol
Has Congress approved of this compact? If not it is unconstitutional.
Can someone please fill me in on the history of state taxation of Internet puchases? When was it first approved by Congress, if ever?
If this passes in Connecticut — it will roll across the country.
I buy almost everything online these days — especially big-ticket items — to avoid paying any local sales tax. I buy almost nothing locally, except food. My state just wastes all the state tax revenues, anyway.
Why should I pay for education (I don’t have kids), infrastructure (I’ll move to a different state if it gets really bad), government pension funds (let them eat cat food), hospitals (only illegals use them anyway), police (I have a gun), firemen (I rent and have insurance), parks and libraries (I never use them)?
Sales tax is evil.
Then we will see really how much they want the money, and if they have the guts to really stand up for their convictions.
Actions once again need to connected to consequences for this government to mean anything!
Let’s just call it INVESTMENTS, then all is fine in this world.
I suspect this is in reference to the Streamlined Sales Tax that a unch of blue states are hoping to force internet businesses to collect. See here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/07/01/AR2005070101475.html
Democrats are slime.
The rats in my state want to tax haircuts, bottled water in offices and the fish you catch, plus buy i-pods for every kid.
And it’s all Bush’s fault.
"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus
Reporters aren't expected to know good grammar. That's the province of Mr. Davis' editor.
Nowadays, a Journalism degree is a badge of ignorance.
I’m surprised our governor (MI), Canadian Trash Jenny, isn’t coming up with a scheme to enforce this. She’s pushing for a 2% sales tax on services, so why should she stop there?
We’ve got a line on our state income tax form to “voluntarily” put down the amount we owe on internet purchases. Given her love of socialism and taxes, I’m shocked she hasn’t found a way to enforce it.
Not at all.My late mother was a big stickler on grammer.I hated it then, but 35 years later I am so glad she was.
Finally it dawned on me... Now I understand why Al Gore “invented” the internet. Another source of TAX revenue... seems like that’s the only thing they’re good at. We should call them Taxacrats.
LOL! "Eats, Shoots, and Leaves."
That book ought to be required reading for every 'English' teacher and every editor on the planet!
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Heck, look what’s happening in our State of Illinois under an all Dem legislature and a Dem Governor. Taxes, I love taxes, I love lots and lots of taxes. He (Rod Blagojevich) wants to pass a new law (taxing of gross receipts) which is worse than a Value Added Tax (VAT) would be. Dig this:
“Wednesday, Mar 7, 2007
* The Daily Herald starts off our coverage of the governors budget proposal
The $60 billion budget - a new state record for spending if enacted - also calls for selling the Illinois Lottery and borrowing $16 billion to shore up the shaky state worker pension system, a new payroll tax on companies that dont offer health care to employees and revamping riverboat casino taxes. But the Regional Transportation Authority would not receive a requested bailout, and itll be up to lawmakers to propose a way to pay for a transportation-centered capital spending plan.
All of that new money for schools and health insurance would flow from a new tax on businesses gross receipts the administration projects will fetch $2.6 billion in the first year and $6.3 billion once fully implemented.
* It looks like the Tribune either broke the traditional embargo or did what I did and got a budget book through back channels. Their story is the most complete in the mainstream media
The gross receipts tax would include a 0.5 percent levy on the transaction of goods and a 1.8 percent levy on service firms, to generate $3 billion in the next budget year and $6 billion yearly when fully operational. The tax would be imposed on revenues that business takes in, regardless of profitability, sources said. [ ]
Revenues from the gross receipts and payroll taxes would help fund Blagojevichs recently unveiled Illinois Covered health-care plan, which is eventually aimed at helping 1.5 million uninsured and underinsured state residents get health-care coverage. The administration says the cost of that plan would be low in the next fiscal year. When fully implemented, the administration says the cost would be $2.1 billion a year, through critics contend the figure could go much higher.”
I know it’s been a while, ladies. But here’s one for your lists.
Didn’t we all warn them about this LONG ago? But back then, they just wanted to tax tobacco sold online. Must not’ve been as important then, I guess...
Democrats? Tax cuts? They're joking, right?
Look who’s calling the kettle black. Governor Rell complains about increasing the tax burden on Connecticut taxpayers but at the same time she wants to raise the state income tax. She’s the biggest hypocrite. She’s as big a socialist and communist as the Democrats.
This year’s budget is a real nightmare for CT., taxpayers... No way Rell has the guts to veto it either. Congratulations CT., voters I hope you’re happy now! You’re temper tantrum about Iraq will now zap us all right in the wallet. The downward spiral of the CT., economy will only worsen.
As I stated, this entire scheme is unconstitutional. The last paragraph of Article I, Section 10 of the Constitution reads (in pertinent part):
No State shall, without the consent of Congress, ... enter into any Agreement or Compact with another State...
Furthermore, in forming this cartel, the participating states are usurping the enumerated power granted Congress to regulate interstate commerce.
Stopping this scheme is still another reason why we need gutsy strict constructionists appointed as judges in the federal courts!
Some foods (namely “junk foods”) and I think medicine, too.
That’s it...I’m moving...
In FL, we have no sales tax on groceries (junk foods, alcohol yes), medicines (OTC or prescription), and during the “Back to School” sales period, no sales tax on clothing items under $50 when the legislature permits...........