Norquist Aims to Stop Internet Sales Tax Legislation


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English: Grover Norquist at a political conference in Orlando, Florida. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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English: Christopher Hitchens at a party at the house of Grover Norquist following the CPAC convention in January 2004 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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English: Official photo cropped of United States Senator and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Tuesday, 23 Apr 2013 02:07 PM

By David Yonkman, Washington Correspondent  –

Internet sales-tax legislation racing through the Senate is likely to

face roadblocks when it moves to the House, anti-tax activist Grover

Norquist told Newsmax Tuesday.

“The reason we have a House and Senate is when you rush something

through one body, you have a chance to think it through in the other

body,” said Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform.“We’re

making the case on the House side of either seriously amending it or

even stopping it.”

The Senate is likely this week to pass the bill, which would greatly

expand the ability of states to collect sales taxes across state lines

on online purchases. Under current law, states can collect sales taxes

from retailers only if they have a physical presence in the state — a

store, warehouse, or office.

The Marketplace Fairness Act would allow states to collect taxes even if

the retailer does not have a physical presence in the state.

That’s just wrong, according to Norquist, who describes the legislation

as a massive expansion of taxing authority over businesses that have no

recourse in the matter.

“You should only be taxing people who can vote for you or against you,” Norquist said.

The Senate voted 74 to 20 on Monday to clear the Internet sales tax bill

for consideration on the floor, but on final passage it will have at

least one high-ranking Republican dissenter.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky cited the difficulty

for businesses to comply with the different tax codes in all the areas

where their customers reside. McConnell says that creates an enormous

advantage to large retailers who can afford such costs over smaller

businesses.

“If states decide they need this revenue, they should keep in mind the

tremendous burden they’ll be placing on the little guys who do so much

to drive this economy,” McConnell said in remarks on the Senate floor.

“In my view, the federal government should be looking for ways to help,

not hurt, these folks.”

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Surveying Romney’s Health Advisers; The Pressures He Faces If He Wins


English: Grover Norquist at a political confer...

English: Grover Norquist at a political conference in Orlando, Florida. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Topics: Politics, Health Reform

Aug 30, 2012

News outlets examine the role Micheal Leavitt and his associates will have on Romney‘s health policy and the expectation that a new president can change the health law quickly.National Journal: Who Is Shaping Romney’s Health Policy?
Romney’s health advisers haven’t been frequent speakers on the D.C. health policy circuit. And they aren’t the people House Republicans summon to Capitol Hill to excoriate Democrats’ health care law. What they share is a connection to Mike Leavitt, the man who will lead transition planning if Romney wins the White House. The former Utah governor is mild mannered and not known for partisan rancor. A fellow Mormon and onetime head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Leavitt combines policy wonkiness with the political deftness he acquired during his gubernatorial tenure. If Romney wins, Leavitt would have a big role in implementing the health reforms the campaign is proposing. In the Bush years, he led the rollout of the Medicare prescription drug plan known as Part D. Despite initial confusion among seniors, the plan eventually attracted millions of enrollees and is now one of the most popular pieces of Medicare (McCarthy, 8/29).

Politico: At RNC, High Hopes, Scant Patience For ACA Repeal
If Romney wins in November, he’ll face intense pressure to quickly prove that he’s serious about stopping “Obamacare.” If he doesn’t show results quickly, he could face an angry electorate — an electorate that doesn’t understand how the fine points of parliamentary rules and the regulatory process can wreak havoc on a high octane Washington timeline. At the Republican National Convention, expectations are high. Grover Norquist, the influential head of Americans for Tax Reform, wants Romney to get the law repealed within a month of taking office. Maybe even less, via a budget process called reconciliation. “So, first you do the budget, then you do reconciliation. So it may take a few days,” he told Politico (Haberkorn, 8/29).

This is part of Kaiser Health News‘ Daily Report – a summary of health policy coverage from more than 300 news organizations. The full summary of the day’s news can be found here and you can sign up for e-mail subscriptions to the Daily Report here. In addition, our staff of reporters and correspondents file original stories each day, which you can find on our home page.