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Both South Dakota Senators vote Yea to Internet Tax

May 7, 2013

sale-tagYesterday the US Senate voted on the Marketplace Fairness Act of 2013 (S. 743). I’ve mentioned before there are multiple reasons to be against this bill. The bill passed in the Senate with a vote of 69 to 27 (with 4 not voting). Now the bill will be taken up by the House. Luckily there is expected to a lot more resistance to the Internet Sales Tax over there.

Looking at the votes I notice that South Dakota’s two Senators both voted Yea. It is not surprising that Senator Johnson voted yes, he had signed on as a co-sponsor of this legislation. Also, since he doesn’t have to worry about re-election he can support big government solutions without fear of election season repercussions.

Senator Thune I had hoped would vote conservative. His cloture votes leading up to this were inconsistent, but headed the right direction.  On April 22 Thune voted Yea on the cloture motion and on April 25th Thune voted Nay on the cloture motion. I am waiting to hear how Senator Thune will reconcile how a conservative Republican can vote for a bill that will do the following:

  • Expand the taxing authority of states beyond their borders (jurisdiction).
  • Give in to big lobbying groups (Wal-Mart, Target, etc..) that are using this bill as a way to stifle competition (crony capitalism at its worse).
  • Increase taxes for constituents. It has been said that this is not a new tax. However any regulations the states passed before in regards to this were void, because states have no jurisdiction beyond their borders.

Perhaps Thune believes his re-election is too far in the distance for this vote to matter. If he keeps voting like this he won’t be handed the office like he was in 2010.

Looking forward we can expect South Dakota’s lone non-conservative Republican Representative Noem to vote Yea to the House version of the Marketplace Fairness Act of 2013 (H.R.684). After all, she is a co-sponsor of the House version. All we can hope is that Republican representatives from other states keep their constituents in mind and vote Nay.

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  1. May 11, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    When you buy coffee diet, without knowing its source.

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