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Democrats propose internet tax bill (CT)
WTNH Television ^ | 04/16/2007 | Puppage

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.


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The Democrats on this committee feel their tax cuts will more than offset the loss of the $50-clothing exemption

Aahh, feeeeeeelings. No facts, just feelings.

Will they ever stop coming up with ways to steal my money?

1 posted on 04/16/2007 1:33:06 PM PDT by Puppage
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To: Puppage

Does CT tax food and medicine, too?.........


2 posted on 04/16/2007 1:37:56 PM PDT by Red Badger (If it's consensus, it's not science. If it's science, there's no need for consensus......)
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To: Puppage

Axe the DemoTax.... the communist liberals would Tax to the Max with their hax....


3 posted on 04/16/2007 1:38:48 PM PDT by tflabo (Take authority that's ours)
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To: Puppage

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.


4 posted on 04/16/2007 1:49:09 PM PDT by EagleUSA
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To: tflabo

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??


5 posted on 04/16/2007 1:52:29 PM PDT by Russ
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To: Puppage

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.


6 posted on 04/16/2007 1:53:50 PM PDT by subterfuge (Today, Tolerance =greatest virtue;Hypocrisy=worst character defect; Discrimination =worst atrocity)
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To: Puppage

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.


7 posted on 04/16/2007 1:53:55 PM PDT by Baladas
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To: Puppage

bump....


8 posted on 04/16/2007 1:55:02 PM PDT by God luvs America (When the silent majority speaks the earth trembles!)
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To: Puppage

How about a STUPID BILL TAX on every GD new tax proposal these thieves come up with?


9 posted on 04/16/2007 1:55:16 PM PDT by Attention Surplus Disorder (When Bubba lies, the finger flies!)
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To: Puppage
Will they ever stop coming up with ways to steal my money?

Let's wait and see who they steal it from after they have it all.

10 posted on 04/16/2007 1:57:17 PM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: Puppage
The Democrat's new plan calls for extending the 6% sales tax

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.)

11 posted on 04/16/2007 1:57:26 PM PDT by TruthShallSetYouFree (Abortion is to family planning what bankruptcy is to financial planning.)
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To: Puppage

again?????


12 posted on 04/16/2007 2:00:39 PM PDT by sure_fine ( not one to over kill the thought process)
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To: Puppage
In order to do that, lawmakers will have to eliminate the exemption for clothing that costs less than $50.

When free commerce is made illegal via taxation, only "legals" will be criminals.

Doesn't say much for the rule of law but...

13 posted on 04/16/2007 2:01:03 PM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: Puppage

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.


14 posted on 04/16/2007 2:02:19 PM PDT by Quick or Dead (Both oligarch and tyrant mistrust the people, and therefore deprive them of their arms - Aristotle)
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To: Quick or Dead

“tax sunlight and air?

Well, forcing the purchase of CO2 offsets is half that.


15 posted on 04/16/2007 2:04:58 PM PDT by MeanWestTexan (Kol Hakavod Fred Thompson)
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To: Russ
What do they expect when they vote Democrat?

Obviously feel good legislation without thought of payment.

Don't knock 'em, they're good democrats.

16 posted on 04/16/2007 2:05:04 PM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: Puppage
"Will they ever stop coming up with ways to steal my money?"

Short answer... NO!
Long answer ... Hell NO!

17 posted on 04/16/2007 2:07:48 PM PDT by chaos_5
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To: Puppage

Why think when you can emote? Ideology feels so good.


18 posted on 04/16/2007 2:08:24 PM PDT by socialismisinsidious ( The socialist income tax system turns US citizens into beggars or quitters!)
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To: Puppage
I must be behind the power curve on this issue.

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?

19 posted on 04/16/2007 2:08:40 PM PDT by Jacquerie (Scotus - Happily Buggering the Constitution since 1937.)
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To: Puppage
we think if we provide relief through another tax mechanism

Sure it has worked so well up to now....trillions of tax dollars spent on welfare and look how many ARE STILL ON WELFARE.
20 posted on 04/16/2007 2:12:33 PM PDT by socialismisinsidious ( The socialist income tax system turns US citizens into beggars or quitters!)
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To: TruthShallSetYouFree

Damn straight. You and I and Lynne Truss, guy!


21 posted on 04/16/2007 2:16:18 PM PDT by SAJ (debunking myths about markets and prices on FR since 2001)
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To: Puppage

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


22 posted on 04/16/2007 2:18:40 PM PDT by underbyte
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To: Puppage

Wow. Those scumbag Democrats and their taxes.
Always with the taxes.....


23 posted on 04/16/2007 2:18:51 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Puppage

Elect dems, watch your taxes go up.


24 posted on 04/16/2007 2:19:52 PM PDT by Leftism is Mentally Deranged
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To: Puppage

I propose a tax on stupid ideas. It would lead to a tax surplus and a bankrupt Democratic party.


25 posted on 04/16/2007 2:26:20 PM PDT by magslinger (Submission? That's a bit of a problem!)
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To: Puppage

Democrats propose tax bill — well, of course! lol


26 posted on 04/16/2007 2:28:19 PM PDT by Continental Soldier
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To: Puppage
What is the "compact" that the state representative quoted in the article refers to? Apparently, this is some agreement of collusion between some states to monitor the 'Net in order to collect state sales taxes off it.

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?

27 posted on 04/16/2007 2:30:53 PM PDT by justiceseeker93
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To: Puppage

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.


28 posted on 04/16/2007 2:34:03 PM PDT by Sleeping Beauty
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To: Puppage
I have an idea; let’s pass a law that any law maker in the United States who either proposes a tax law or votes for increased taxes or user fees for the government be required to under go public execution for his or her act.

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!

29 posted on 04/16/2007 2:39:42 PM PDT by Herakles (Diversity is code word for anti-white racism)
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To: Puppage

Let’s just call it INVESTMENTS, then all is fine in this world.


30 posted on 04/16/2007 2:47:15 PM PDT by Mark (REMEMBER: Mean spirited, angry remarks against my postings won't feed even one hungry child.)
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To: justiceseeker93

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


31 posted on 04/16/2007 2:48:21 PM PDT by Marak
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To: Puppage

Democrats are slime.


32 posted on 04/16/2007 2:50:50 PM PDT by Tax Government (If democrats hated al-qaeda as much as they hate republicans, the war would be won already.)
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To: Puppage

Minor leaguers.

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.


33 posted on 04/16/2007 2:52:11 PM PDT by sergeantdave (Ice-cubes melting in the sun is an act of God. Get over it, Gore.)
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To: Puppage
A $50 clothing exemption is nothing these days. Notice though how the Democrats move to raise taxes instead of indexing an exemption so it keeps pace with inflation. Heck, the government ALWAYS needs money! We poor peons don't.

"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

34 posted on 04/16/2007 2:54:36 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: TruthShallSetYouFree
What passes for journalism in 2007 wouldn't have made it through fifth grade in 1957.

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.

35 posted on 04/16/2007 2:57:24 PM PDT by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: IGNORANCE ON PARADE)
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To: Marak

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.


36 posted on 04/16/2007 3:04:32 PM PDT by Kieri (Midwest Snark Claw & Feather Club Founder)
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To: TruthShallSetYouFree
(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.)

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.

37 posted on 04/16/2007 3:14:25 PM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: EagleUSA

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.


38 posted on 04/16/2007 3:24:00 PM PDT by greenthumbedislndr
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To: SAJ
Damn straight. You and I and Lynne Truss, guy!

LOL! "Eats, Shoots, and Leaves."

39 posted on 04/16/2007 3:45:48 PM PDT by TruthShallSetYouFree (Abortion is to family planning what bankruptcy is to financial planning.)
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To: TruthShallSetYouFree
You bet. If someone had offered me odds that someone could write an absolutely hilarious book about punctuation, I'd have lost a bundle.

That book ought to be required reading for every 'English' teacher and every editor on the planet!

40 posted on 04/16/2007 4:14:09 PM PDT by SAJ (debunking myths about markets and prices on FR since 2001)
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To: RaceBannon; scoopscandal; 2Trievers; LoneGOPinCT; Rodney King; sorrisi; MrSparkys; monafelice; ...

Connecticut ping!

Please Freepmail me if you want on or off my infrequent Connecticut ping list.

41 posted on 04/16/2007 10:46:08 PM PDT by nutmeg (The Democrats' "new direction" for Iraq: SURRENDER)
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To: goldstategop

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 governor’s 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 don’t offer health care to employees and revamping riverboat casino taxes. But the Regional Transportation Authority would not receive a requested bailout, and it’ll 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 Blagojevich’s 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.”


42 posted on 04/17/2007 12:27:14 AM PDT by flaglady47 (thinking out loud)
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To: SheLion; Gabz

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...


43 posted on 04/17/2007 12:45:31 AM PDT by RandallFlagg (Satisfaction was my sin)
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To: Puppage
The Democrats on this committee feel their tax cuts...

Democrats? Tax cuts? They're joking, right?

44 posted on 04/17/2007 1:25:45 AM PDT by Gil4 (Time Man of the Year 2006 - and I'm darned proud of it)
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To: Puppage

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.


45 posted on 04/17/2007 2:07:06 AM PDT by Man50D (Fair Tax , you earn it , you keep it!)
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To: Puppage; nutmeg; RaceBannon

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.


46 posted on 04/17/2007 3:53:47 AM PDT by Dutchy
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To: Marak
Not only "a bunch of blue states" are in on this, according to the WaPo article to which you linked.

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!

47 posted on 04/17/2007 4:14:19 AM PDT by justiceseeker93
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To: Red Badger

Some foods (namely “junk foods”) and I think medicine, too.


48 posted on 04/17/2007 5:31:24 AM PDT by Andonius_99 (There are two sides to every issue. One is right, the other is wrong; but the middle is always evil.)
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To: Puppage

That’s it...I’m moving...


49 posted on 04/17/2007 5:34:29 AM PDT by Andonius_99 (There are two sides to every issue. One is right, the other is wrong; but the middle is always evil.)
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To: Andonius_99

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...........


50 posted on 04/17/2007 6:03:15 AM PDT by Red Badger (If it's consensus, it's not science. If it's science, there's no need for consensus......)
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