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The “Amazon tax” . . . it’s baaaaaaaack!

Posted by Kelly Maher on November 5th, 2010
 
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Now that Republicans will control the Colorado House of Representatives in January, it looks like the so-called “Amazon Tax” may be on the chopping block. Labeled one of the “dirty dozen” tax-exemption eliminations (read: tax increases), the Internet sales-tax collection plan caused a stir when Amazon.com cut ties with its Colorado affiliates.

“There’s a chance to reach a compromise,” said state Rep. Amy Stephens, R-Monument, the Colorado News Agency reported today. “Like us, we believe the new governor cares about jobs. We will work with the governor and his staff to reach a compromise. I don’t think anyone thinks we’ve gained anything from this Amazon tax.”

How Gov.-elect John Hickenlooper responds on this particular issue will be a good test of his vow on the campaign trail to “brand Colorado as a pro-business state.” Back in March, Chuck Plunkett of The Denver Post wrote that Hickenlooper “missed a golden opportunity in not weighing in on this tax” at the time.

And to recall what a pro-business state DOES NOT look like, see the video (above) from March in which state Sen. John Morse, D-Colo. Springs, accused Amazon of “tyranny.”

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