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October 24, 2011

Conflicted politics deter sales tax reform

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CORSICANA , Texas —

“All it means for me,” said Katsounas, “is that prices are going up.”

Perry defended his veto at the time and issued a press release calling for “a thorough policy discussion with ... other states and even the federal government about interstate commerce and the structure of state sales taxes in the 21st century.”

For its part, Amazon argues the same thing. While the company has been locked in legal and political battles with states over the issue, it's offered conditional support for the Main Street Fairness Act. In a deal struck with California this fall, Amazon pledged to lobby Congress for a national solution in exchange for the state's agreement to suspend enforcement of its new online sales tax until September 2012.

“We believe this needs to be solved at the federal level and we’re working with the states, retailers and Congress to get federal legislation passed as soon as possible,” said Amazon spokeswoman Mary Osako.

Brewer, of the Alliance for Main Street, is skeptical.

“That's like Miss America saying she's for world peace,” he said. “It sounds good but it doesn't mean much.”

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Maureen Hayden is the Indiana State Reporter for CNHI. Contact her at Maureen.Hayden@indianamediagroup.com.

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