February 1, 2017 – Today, 42 Republicans joined hands with 37 Democrats to pass a tax increase. By a vote of 79 to 38, the Mississippi House of Representatives passed HB480, a measure that would force the collection of sales tax on all Internet purchases made by Mississippians.
Despite the fact that states are currently constitutionally prohibited from collecting sales taxes from retailers that do not have stores in their states, which did not stop legislators like Trey Lamar (R – Oxford) from authoring the bill.
Because the Supreme Court has not ruled on this matter and Congress has not taken action on it, many state lawmakers around the country have been growing increasingly impatient in their quest to gain access to more tax revenue. In their minds, collecting this tax allows them to claim access to millions of more taxpayer dollars without admitting that they voted for a tax increase.
But let’s not deceive ourselves. Anytime the government forces more money out of your pocket and places it into the hands of politicians; it is a tax increase. Any politician who supports such a measure supports tax increases.
Passing this bill grows the size of government in our state. If that is not bad enough, most lawmakers have not taken into consideration the negative economic impacts that the collection of new taxes has on consumers and online small business owners.
Estimates are that collecting this tax would cost Mississippi taxpayers somewhere between $67 and $134 million annually. As government removes more money from the pockets of hardworking Mississippians, the private sector is deprived of the capital needed to grow our local economies.
Sadly, if the bill is signed into law, the money would be placed in the hands of politicians who have already failed to adequately manage our tax dollars. Giving government access to more of our money will not guarantee that our infrastructure or educational funding needs are addressed.
Now that this legislation has passed the House it is imperative that you contact your state senator and ask them to vote “NO” on the Internet Sales Tax. You may reach them by calling 601-359- 3770 or you can email all at the following address: email@example.com.
Below is a list of how the House of Representatives voted on HB480. If your representative voted for the collection of Internet Sales Tax, please contact them, and let them know you are not satisfied with their vote. Your feedback matters!
House members may be reached by calling 601-359-3770 or by sending an email All members can be emailed at the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Republicans Voting YES on the Internet Sales Tax
Charles Jim Beckett
John Glen Corley
Democrats Voting YES on the Internet Sales Tax
Sonya Williams- Barnes
Deborah Butler Dixon
John G. Falkner
John W.. Hines
America Chuck Middleton
David W Myers
Sara R. Thomas
Republicans Voting NO on the Internet Sales Tax
Democrats Voting NO on the Internet Sales Tax
Voting Present or Not Voting on the Internet Sales Tax
Orlando Paden (D)
Randy Boyd (R)
Debra Gibbs (D)
Kevin Horan (D)
Omeria Scott (D)