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The Wall Street Journal reports that 12 states "are tired of waiting for Congress to write national rules to let them collect sales taxes from out-of-state Internet retailers. So, in a loosely coordinated effort, they are moving to impose those taxes themselves and daring merchants to challenge them.

"The gambit is aimed at creating business blowback and a confusing national patchwork of laws that might prompt Congress to act. Short of that, the states want their moves to be questioned legally so they can ask the Supreme Court to overturn a 1992 ruling that forbids taxation of Internet sales by retailers that lack a physical location in a state."

The story notes that a federal appeals court this week sided with the state of Colorado in a separate case. Colorado has implemented a law that "requires out-of-state retailers that don’t collect taxes to send the state a list of in-state customers.
KC's View:
The story also makes clear that this debate has the potential to create fissures in the GOP, where there will be business folks who want to see these taxes levied, and other folks who think that taxes are a crime against nature.

Not that this will matter. We just have to find out what Donald J. Trump believes ... because that will then be the party's official position, which we can ruminate about while humming "Hail to the Chief."