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The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities has the best take I have read on the dispute between Amazon and North Carolina about collecting sales tax from online purchases from the state.

With states laying off thousands of teachers and taking other painful steps to close huge budget shortfalls, Amazon’s actions are coming at the expense of the public interest.

Amazon’s campaign is hurting communities across the country. States’ inability to collect most sales taxes from online purchases means that residents have to make do with more crowded schools, worse roads, and less health care — or pay higher taxes.

Read the whole thing. As usual, the Center is right on target, cutting through all the hyperbolic anti-tax rhetoric from the folks on the right.

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  2. pino

    May 17, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    Amazon’s campaign is hurting communities across the country. States’ inability to collect most sales taxes from online purchases means that residents have to make do with more crowded schools, worse roads, and less health care — or pay higher taxes.

    I’m surprised you stopped there. You could also argue that due to budget cuts we are going to have reduce the number of crossing guards resulting in the death of elementary school kids across the Triangle.

    On the other hand, you could also make the case that perhaps we should be cutting things like the State Board of Education, the NC Arts Council, subsidizing in-state-tuition for out-of-state athletes or cutting back on Rural Economic Development Center.

    But naahh, let’s cut schools and kids FIRST!

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