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Quest for online sales tax in Arkansas fails again

House votes shy; session now in recess

By Brian Fanney , Michael R. Wickline

This article was published April 4, 2017 at 4:30 a.m.

Lawmakers embrace on the fl oor of the House on Monday after Speaker Jeremy Gillam, R-Judsonia, gaveled the 91st General Assembly into recess. The next meeting will be May 1, when the session is to officially adjourn.

Reps. Rebecca Petty (from left), R-Rogers, and Vivian Flowers, D-Pine Bluff, laugh as Kim Hendren, R-Gravette, and John Walker, D-Little Rock, prepare...

A revived bid to pass a bill on the collection of online sales taxes failed in the House on Monday, the last full day of the Arkansas General Assembly's regular session for a while.

Reps. Rebecca Petty (from left), R-Rogers, and Vivian Flowers, D-Pine Bluff, laugh as Kim Hendren, R-Gravette, and John Walker, D-Little Rock, prepare...

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mrkohl says... April 4, 2017 at 7:38 a.m.

Just not passing or increasing any tax bill is not good government. It takes money to run a Sate properly.

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Whippersnapper says... April 4, 2017 at 10:52 a.m.

The state's revenue grows as the economy grows. When the government at any level passes a tax increase, they are saying that government should be a bigger part of your life. That's NOT a good thing.

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RBear says... April 4, 2017 at 11:22 a.m.

Whippersnapper, I don't know how simple we must be to spell it out. This is NOT a new tax. If anyone of those businesses had a nexus in Arkansas they would be required to pay the tax. You don't have a "new tax" when you establish a nexus. Are you just that thick skulled to not understand? Typical Trump demographic.

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NoUserName says... April 4, 2017 at 11:45 a.m.

First off, Bear, businesses don't pay s**t. The consumer pays the tax. The business collects and remits because the state forces them to. Second, the fact that people are against this is because they are tired of getting fleeced. What? The state needs money to support infrastructure? Sure. On the other hand, how about the millions we paid Jake Files to stiff Ft. Smith? Or the $2 million pay increase we just gave the legislators. Or the millions that a DHS employee just swindled instead of feeding hungry kids. It's time to SHRINK government, not give them MORE money to waste. As for the tax itself, it was pushed by Walmart for the sole purpose of forcing Amazon to collect. Now that is done, there is no reason to pass this law. As such, the p*ssy legislators can claim to the constituency they didn't pass it.

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HarleyOwner says... April 4, 2017 at 11:59 a.m.

Even if they had of passed the internet tax bill, I would still shop on the internet so, that still would not help the Arkansas businesses. It would just give the Arkansas Legislators more money to waste.

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drs01 says... April 4, 2017 at 1:37 p.m.

You see what happens when government get addicted to a revenue stream. The city of Little Rock "leadership" was the only vocal group complaining about this missing sales tax. Why? Maybe because they have relied on it too much, just like the LRSD had relied on the de-seg $$$. Now they both are in trouble. Why? because they are still trying to feed the monster that is growing government. Periodically this newspaper will publish numbers showing the growth of state government employees and payroll. The line continues upward from Clinton through Beebe. Sooner or later there will be a price to pay. Little Rock and the LRSD are there now....the state will soon follow.

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RBear says... April 4, 2017 at 1:57 p.m.

NoNameUser et al, the same old lame argument about "wasting money." The bottom line is that none of you can really point to true waste other than situational instances. All the while, Arkansas continues to lag on education and care for the elderly. I know, you're getting fleeced ... not. The reality is you're the ones fleecing others by your anti-tax attitude.

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Whippersnapper says... April 5, 2017 at 11:23 a.m.

None of us can point to waste or misuse? MUAHAHAHA!!!!
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Do a little research on A&P taxes in Arkansas. These are taxes imposed by cities without a vote of the people, where the money is 100% controlled by unelected special interests (by law). These funds have been blown letting A&P commissioners, staff members, friends, and family go on junkets and many cities spend 50-70% of the money that is supposed to be "promoting" cities on administrative overhead. Little Rock had a situation where the unelected A&P commissioners had contracted to their own businesses (they aren't bound by the same ethics rules as elected officials) to the tune of hundreds of thousands of dollars.
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It's not just Little Rock that's wasting tax money like this, lots of towns do it. A&P taxes are usually touted as a way to improve parks, yet their funds are seldom used for that purpose. We call this "bait and switch." Go ahead and break out google and you can check some A&P tax and spending numbers for yourself. In 2002, Ft. Smith spent 52% of their A&P tax on a staff for themselves (administrative waste). In 2005, Hot Springs spent 71.5% of their revenue on staff. In 2009 Ft. Smith spent 37% on personnel, 20% to operate a visitors center, and 43% for marketing and advertising. That leaves 0% for parks. Oops. Benton's A&P commission spent $23,333 (the city of Benton kicked in another $23,333, and their public utility commission kicked in $23,333) to send the A&P commissioners on a trip to Las Vegas.
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I say all of this to point out that there is TONS of waste and abuse, and elected officials view tax dollars as ways to grow their personal power. Anything that hands them more tax dollars without specific conditions tied to those dollars is a bad thing.

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