Tax on online orders will hurt our state
Forbes magazine recently conducted a national survey to see what states had more people moving from than moving into the state. Not surprisingly, West Virginia ranked second.
It is very apparent that those fleeing West Virginia do so because of bleak job opportunities. One only needs to observe the number of work trucks leaving West Virginia on interstate highways Sunday nights, returning to jobs out-of-state, to confirm that there is little opportunity here.
Unfortunately, this condition is not about to improve as long as we continue to place politicians into office who have no understanding of basic history or economics.
Our current governor wants Internet companies to pay 6 percent sales tax on their West Virginia orders. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a business must have a facility -- such as an office or distribution center -- within a state imposing such a tax.
This applies to Amazon, a huge national distributor of books, music, etc. -- which recently opened a shipping center in Huntington. Thus, if the governor gets his way, Amazon will have to charge an additional 6 percent on sales.
Such a short-sighted decision. I wonder how many jobs Amazon created by locating in West Virginia?
One of our founding fathers correctly stated, "The power to tax is the power to kill." I wonder if Amazon will stay in a state with a dismal anti-business climate? Other companies will certainly note one more reason not to do commerce in West Virginia.
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