bsmn, I think we are closer together than apart. Al I am asking is that we at least give businesses within the state the same benefits as those outside the state. If we can't help those that employ our state breathren, we have failed. My entire point is that this man is so worried about reelection, that he won't even step up an make a call. You have to agree that we can't have businesses outside our stae have an advantage over those employing Missourians, paying missouri taxes and conducting business within Missouri When the man says wait until November, that is like telling your kids that food will come sometime next week. There are boat dealers that have to make hay this summer or the doors close. Car dealers that have barely survived the rough and tough and another shock to the system means the end. Again, this is a tax that we have paid since 1941, not a new tax or a change in tax code. Someone found a loophole that was not intended and we are just trying to close it. Isn't that what the DEMS WANT...CLOSE TAX LOOPHOLES? The only thing I am asking is for him to support Missouri business and our local communities. Instead he has basically said "Not my problem". Leaders make decisions that are in the best interest of their constituants they don't turn their back on the people they represent t avoid criticism from electoral competition. The Governor is clearly avoiding the potential of handing a silver bullett to his competition for his seat. Shame on him. 200,000 employees at Missouri auto dealers jobs are at stake. 100,000 jobs at Missouri boat and power sports dealers are at stake. If half of their sales go over the border it can mean 150,000 jobs. Can Missouri afford that?12 months ago
bsmn you have completely missed the point here. This tax was approved long ago by the citizens of Missouri. This person found a loophole in the system. If left open, this would remove millions of dollars of funding for our police and fire departments, parks, trails, child welfare programs and communities. This would also send business to other states losing jobs for thousands of Missourians. Noone is asking the Governor to create a new tax, they are simply asking him to verify a tax that our comnuities have imposed for years as approved by our voters. By waiting until November, you are asking these comunities, most of which are on the brink of bankruptcy, to go six months without funding. You are also asking Missouri auto dealers, boat deals, mobile home dealers, water sports dealers, etc. , who are also on the brink of bankruptcy, to live for six months with a severe competetive disadvantage.
Your example of Disneyland is irrelevant as other products are taxed according to their localities. Large ticket purchases such as automobile and boats do not get taxed for our of state purchases, therefore they have been uniformly taxed at the place where the purchase is doiciled. I laugh when I here a citizen of Missouri complain that they can't bypass the states tax laws and wonder why Missouri is dead last (Yes 50 out of 50) in job creation. This effects us all. This effects our public saftey, our employment, our children and our communities. If you think the tax is not fair, then remove the tax for purchases within the state as well. But waiting until November is irresponsible and POLITICAL no matter how you frame it.12 months ago