Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo is shedding light on why he was among a group of Republican senators who voted against a bill that would enable states to collect taxes on Internet sales.
Under the Marketplace Fairness Act , states could require out-of-state retailers to collect sales taxes when they sell products over the Internet, in catalogs, and through radio and television ads. The taxes would be sent to the states where a shopper lives.
The measure passed the chamber Monday on a vote of 69-27, getting support from Republicans and Democrats alike. However, Crapo and fellow Idaho Senator Jim Risch cast “no” votes, believing the legislation needed more changes and protections for small businesses.
While Crapo supports the sales tax as a matter of states’ rights, one his objections to the measure had to do with the misconception that the bill would create a new tax.
Idaho U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo explains his reasons for voting against the Marketplace Fairness Act.
The legislation now moves to the House, where it’s expected to face a tougher test from the GOP majority. (AP)