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Stephens told us so: Judge stays Amazon tax in Colo.

Posted by Kelly Maher on January 28th, 2011
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A Federal District Judge temporarily stayed the collection of sales taxes from online retailers in Colorado, State Bill Colorado reported. The 2010 law, dubbed the “Amazon Tax,” was passed by the then-Democratic controlled legislature. Majority Leader Amy Stephens, R-Colorado Springs, talked to WhoSaidYouSaid in November about why the law was bad policy from the beginning and her intention to propose a bill to overturn it.

“Well, you know, last session a representative from Amazon came here and said ‘Look we believe that this bill violates the commerce clause and unfortunately for us we would have to lay off our affiliates should this bill pass. We don’t want to. We think there are better ways to do this.’

“And that fell on deaf ears on the Democrat side of aisle and so they passed the bill and it was signed into law. And true to their word Amazon had to say goodbye to the affiliates.”

We’re looking forward to another video commentary on this subject from state Senate Majority Leader John Morse, D-Colorado Springs. But it will be hard to beat the one he posted last March…



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    Kelly, a co-founder of WhoSaidYouSaid, brings more than 10 years of campaign and policy work experience. In addition to her skills in grassroots activism and organization, Kelly has a knack for distilling complex issues into accessible messages that resonate with voters. Her policy specialties include health care, education, employment and tort reform. Follow Kelly on Twitter at @okmaher.

One Response to “Stephens told us so: Judge stays Amazon tax in Colo.”

  1. Stephens may have told you so in November -
    but Matt Arnold (of Clear The Bench Colorado) beat her to the punch.
    In fact, Matt testified against the bill and predicted the inevitable legal challenge (and likely strikedown) of this bill almost exactly a year ago:

    Fortunately for Amazon and the trade group filing the legal challenge, they were able to pursue the case in Federal court (since the Colorado courts are increasingly lawless, in fact creating the legal loophole the legislature exploited to pass this bill in the first place).
    Unfortunately for the rest of us in Colorado, suffering under the burden of the remaining 11 of the “Dirty Dozen” tax bills in effect, we don’t have that option.
    Courts - and judges - matter, and have a tremendous impact on our rights (and on our lives).

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