Conservative Bloggers Voice Support For Marketplace Fairness Act
Consensus continues to grow regarding the need for e-fairness legislation as two prominent conservative bloggers recently voiced their support for the Marketplace Fairness Act. Neil Stevens’ post over the weekend on the conservative blog RedState explains how he’s come around on the idea of e-fairness legislation.
From Neil Stevens’ post on RedState:
“Also, we’re back to discussing the Marketplace Fairness Act. As we’ve discussed before, this is a bill that would give Congressional approval to an interstate compact between the states to collect sales tax across state lines, requires member states to harmonize their tax rules to fit in with the interstate system. The bill is gaining Congressional support this time around. In theory I’m fine with this. It’s Constitutional and it’s reasonable. I disagree with Overstock.com’s complaints of complexity, because the compact imposes restrictions on the way the states can tax items, and also creates mechanisms to ease collection of the taxes.”
In yesterday’s post on Hot Air, Jazz Shaw goes even further – saying he’s no longer “on the fence” about the Marketplace Fairness Act – especially after yet another conservative voice, Maine Governor Paul LePage (R), declared his support for it.
From Jazz Shaw’s post on Hot Air:
“As I’ve stated before, I was on the fence about this one for a long time. Even leaving aside the “taxes are bad” thing, anything which could impede online commerce just strikes a sour note with many of us. I had also considered the possibility that maybe this could be worked out at the state level, but a recent attempt in Illinois to do just that produced… nothing. But after sifting through all of the pros and cons, I have to admit that it may be time to just get it over with and do this.
The reason? Like it or not, fiscal conservatives must, at a minimum, believe in a level playing field. Equality of opportunity, not results… remember? After looking over the new Ryan Plan Part 2, I’m reminded that as we tighten our belt at the federal level, more and more things will need to be pushed back down to the states. Each of them will have to manage their budgets as they see best, and for the majority of them a state sales tax is part of their revenue stream. While it may be depressing, the feds need to provide each of them a chance to compete evenly…”
It may be time to just bite the bullet and pass this legislation.”