Response to “Time to tax Internet sales” editorial
Do you honestly think the taxes collected for sales tax will be spent properly? How about the people from Missouri be more concerned that their taxes aren’t squandered first before going after Internet companies and small ones too boot that are from out of state that sell to your state? If they held the politicians accountable to begin with to use the funds that are collected by taxes I doubt you would need to go after small companies to collect the sales tax.
— Guy Fratianni
Emery Styron responds: There is always the potential for waste or misuse of some tax money, but the greater danger here is that we’ll see deterioration of the fine infrastructure and services that the Department of Conservation and Division of State Parks provide Missourians.
We don’t agree with every decision and policy of these agencies, but we find most state employees to be dedicated public servants.
The Internet’s growing proportion of retail sales is a fairness issue and a legitimate concern for local and state governments and the citizens who receive benefits.