On May 6, the U.S. Senate passed the Marketplace Fairness Act, which would tax your Internet purchases. This legislation is under the guise of fairness to the retail "brick and mortar" stores, which is far from the truth.
In 1992, the U.S. Supreme Court said varied sales tax rules, regulations and tax exemptions of 45 states and some 7,500 local taxing jurisdictions would burden interstate commerce. This has allowed the Internet to grow.
The National Conference of State Legislatures lobbied for this tax grab to provide millions of dollars to fuel state governments' unquenched desire to spend money. If tax revenue is supposedly lost in Internet purchases, then the states must simply enforce their own tax laws.
The Pennsylvania Constitution, Article 8, Section 1, defines its tax jurisdiction to territorial limits or state border. If the commonwealth wants more tax revenue it must become tax friendly, bringing in corporations, sales and income taxes.
Our former state auditor general and current U.S. senator, Bob Casey, should know tax law and the Constitution and voted in favor to tax the Internet purchases.
We must contact our U.S. Congress and demand this bill be defeated.
GARY J. ENGLISH