Returning Republican District 9 Senator Deb Peters wins recognition as one of Governing‘s eight Public Officials of the Year… mostly for supporting more taxes:
In South Dakota, Peters has watched her state — which does not tax income and is thus dependent on the sales tax — see a steady decline in sales tax growth. She has testified multiple times before Congress on the issue and has been a leader in the so-called streamlined sales tax effort to make state tax codes similar to one another so that paying online sales taxes would be simpler for retailers.
Finally, the impatient Peters got tired of waiting on Congress. This year, in consultation with the governor and state attorney general, she wrote and shepherded through legislation that allows South Dakota to make online sales tax collections. Anticipating a lawsuit, the legislation was written in a way that fast-tracks the case through the courts. That was prescient: The first day the law went into effect, retailers immediately obliged by suing. It’s possible the case will make its way to the U.S. Supreme Court as early as next year. Considering the gridlock in Congress on the issue, it represents a chance, however uncertain, for states to see a reversal of the court’s 1992 decision that limited them to taxing only those sales by retailers based within their borders [link added; Liz Farmer, “Deb Peters—2016 Honoree,” Governing, 2016.11.14].
The more-tax legislation for which Senator Peters wins this honor is 2016 Senate Bill 106, the “Main Street Fairness Act,” which seeks to overturn the 1992 Quill Corp. v. North Dakota Supreme Court ruling that states can’t impose sales and use tax on retailers who don’t have physical storefronts in their states.
Good job on winning the recognition, Senator Peters, but… hmm… when this case finally hits a Trump-loaded Supreme Court, do you really think GOP-approved appointees will support higher taxes for online retail corporations?