Institute Proposes ‘Golden Rule’ of E-Commerce

Washington, DC, March 20, 2000 – “I urge the Advisory Commission of Electronic Commerce to do the right thing this week and oppose taxation without representation,” stated Wayne Crews, director of competition and regulation policy of the Competitive Enterprise Institute.

“Therefore, CEI proposes that the nation’s governors follow the ‘Golden Rule of E-Commerce Taxation’:

As Governor, YOU MAY:

  • Tax citizens and businesses residing in your own state. You may even tax purchases that businesses within your borders ship to other states if you choose.

As Governor, YOU MAY NOT:

  • Enlist politicians of other states to collect taxes on your citizens’ purchases. Those politicians were not elected by citizens of your state – you were.

“Governors should put this on a little card to carry around in their pockets,” Crews said.

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