Davis backs Internet sales tax measure

Davis backs Internet sales tax measure

URBANA — U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis said he supports legislation, approved this week in the Senate, that would compel states to collect sales taxes on Internet-based sales.

The so-called Marketplace Fairness Act was approved 69-27 in the Senate. Forty-six Democrats and 21 Republicans supported the measure; five Democrats and 22 Republicans were opposed. Among Illinois' senators, Democrat Dick Durbin voted for it; Republicans Mark Kirk voted no.

"I want to see what the House bill looks like. If it's the same as the Senate bill, I think I'm likely to support it," the Taylorville Republican said. "This isn't a tax increase. This is actually closing a tax loophole."

He said the tax loophole is unfair to local "bricks-and-mortar stores that have invested in our communities."

"Many sites already collect sales tax so this isn't anything new," he said. "This is closing a loophole and if the language (on the House legislation) remains similar and there are no poison pills, I think it's good language."

He said he believes the bill can pass the Republican-controlled House.

"As you can see in my first 100 days, there are bills that have passed and such on a bipartisan basis that I think we truly are getting beyond the polarization that we've seen over the last 4 1/2 or 5 years," Davis said.

Davis also said he regretted this week's resignation of Pat Brady as head of the Illinois Republican Party.

"It's bittersweet for me because I understand why he did it. His wife, Julie, has been battling cancer for years," he said. "Pat's been a friend of mine. I worked with him over his term and I think he did a great job as chairman. We saw tremendous victories in 2010 when he and I worked together to create the Illinois Victory 2010 program."

Davis acknowledged that "Pat was under a lot of stress for some of the things he has done," including expressing personal support for same-sex marriage in Illinois. That got him in trouble with other Republican leaders who noted that opinion is contrary to the state party's platform.

"I think in the end we'll be able to get a good leader for the party and see some real successes in 2014," Davis said.

He said "it's a loss" for the party "but I also understand that this was Pat's decision to leave at this time."

He said he isn't taking any position on a successor.

"We'll let the state central committee do their job and find a replacement," Davis said. "Hopefully we'll all work together and make sure that the party is well-structured and well-funded for the 2014 election cycle."

Davis said he isn't interested in replacing Brady as party chair.

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billbtri5 wrote on May 11, 2013 at 2:05 pm

what a great asset to the Democrats you are turning out to be..

Lostinspace wrote on May 11, 2013 at 3:05 pm

"This isn't a tax increase. This is actually closing a tax loophole."

Good news! Now let's close those other tax loopholes!

jdmac44 wrote on May 11, 2013 at 5:05 pm

Yes, because the state is such a great steward of our money.

Illini Libertarian wrote on May 11, 2013 at 5:05 pm

I supported Rodney Davis in the 2012 election because I thought he was a fiscal conservative. He is still the better choice over crazy Dr Gill. However, if he votes in support of the Marketplace Unfairness Act, I will call for his immediate resignation.

Turns out that Rodney is only interested in preserving a long political career by appearing to be bi-partisan. So much for small government; this act hurts individual consumers, small ebusinesses, and grows government further. SHAME ON YOU RODNEY FOR LYING TO VOTERS!!!

C in Champaign wrote on May 12, 2013 at 7:05 am

I am as anti tax as anyone out there, but I do support this measure. If somebody has a valid explanation as to why a person should pay sales tax on a pair of shoes purchased at a local shoe store, but not have to pay sales tax on a pair purchased from a re-seller in Idaho, I might change my mind. As it stands currently, the local, and state governments, on both ends of the transaction, get no revenue from sales tax. It is a disparity that hurts local retailers, and it isn't a level playing field. This is not a new tax, it is simply an application of the existing rules to everyone who wants to play the retail game.

People complain when roads don't get fixed, and sewers back up, or when there are layoffs at the fire department, but they don't want the city to be able to collect the revenue that pays for it? It doesn't work that way. It just can't.

As someone who works in retail I can tell you that if a store gets beat on price by an Internet retailer it is hard enough to stomach, but when they prices are the same, and someone buys because they save a couple of bucks in sales tax, it's a real shame. Not to mention the Impact of all that extra cardboard, paper, and those horrible packing peanuts on the landfills. I'm not what I would call big on being green, but the amount of extra packaging it takes to send a $5 part that I could have gotten locally, is starting to disgust me.