Despite his longstanding and oft-stated reluctance to raise anybody’s taxes, Gov. Haley Barbour has done a turnaround when it comes to sales taxes on Internet sales.
In a letter to Republican Sens. Mike Enzi of Wyoming and Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, the outgoing governor said that while he had opposed such a tax when the Internet was in its infancy, it’s now matured and the technology has also developed to fairly impose it.
“E-commerce has grown, and there is simply no longer a compelling reason for government to continue giving online retailers special treatment over small businesses who reside on the Main Streets across Mississippi and the country,” Barbour wrote. “The time to level the playing field is now, as there are no effective barriers to complying with the states’ sales tax laws.”