ATR's Kelly William Cobb has an op-ed in today's Philadelphia Inquirer on a secret attempt by Pennsylvania's Governor Tom Corbett (R) to enact a new tax on Internet sales. From the op-ed:
For the first time, Pennsylvania residents face paying sales taxes on everything they buy online under a recent decision by the state Department of Revenue. This amounts to a tax increase that skirts the legislative process, threatens to cost thousands of state residents their jobs, and stretches the state's constitutional authority. And while it was effected by bureaucrats, the responsibility for this tax hike should fall squarely in the lap of the state's chief executive, Gov. Corbett. …
Corbett came into office promising that there would be no tax increases during his tenure. He even put that in writing, signing Americans for Tax Reform's Taxpayer Protection Pledge and promising the people of the state that he would "oppose and veto any and all efforts to increase taxes."
His administration's diktat that all Internet sales be taxed doesn't just break that promise; it promises to hurt thousands of Pennsylvania taxpayers and businesses.