In 1992, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that states could not collect sales taxes from businesses that do not have physical locations within state borders. With the explosion of e-commerce since 1992, the National Governors Association claims that more than $20 billion in sales tax revenue is going uncollected each year because of tax-free Internet sales. The U.S. Senate is moving toward passage of legislation that would overturn the 1992 Supreme Court ruling, but whether this bill will actually pass both houses of Congress is very much an open question.
My current springtime list of things to do starts with this small mountain:
• Buy electric lawnmower.
• Mow grass the thickness of dreadlocks.
• Regret that I didn’t buy a bigger electric lawnmower.
• Try to remember where I stored my bicycle and summer car tires.
• Send fly rod for repairs after I jammed it in a car window.
• Buy new fishing waders to replace the ones that balloon into fat-man pants every time I step into a river.