Gov. Rick Perry Vetoes Internet Tax Bill

Tuesday, 07 Jun 2011 02:52 PM

By Dick Armey

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From the FreedomWorks website.

On Tuesday, May 31, Gov. Rick Perry issued his first veto of the year, for HB 2403, an Internet sales tax bill which FreedomWorks opposed.

By vetoing HB 2403, Perry has saved taxpayers and business alike from burdensome regulations and new taxes. Perry said there was no consensus between lawmakers, tech experts, consumers, and retailers on the issue. Perry’s bold action should set the tone for other governors to follow suit.

Four other states have passed measures that would levy a sales tax on Internet purchases forcing businesses to flee the states, and 13 others are considering passing similar legislation.

Last month Tennessee rejected their version of the Internet sales tax; more than 2,700 letters from FreedomWorks Tennessee activists were sent to lawmakers and Gov. Bill Haslam showing opposition to the bill.

The biggest battle has yet to come. Sens. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., plan to introduce the Main Street Fairness Act of 2011, a bipartisan bill that has been in the works for months, which would create a quasi-federalized tax plan for states to tax Internet sales.

If passed, the bill would stifle Internet entrepreneurship, increase taxes, and create new government regulations.

FreedomWorks will continue to oppose these hurtful legislations at both the state and federal level. Click below to take action, call your senators and urge them to oppose the Main Street Fairness Act of 2011.

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