Saturday, 20 January, 2018

The Supreme Court Will Take Up Texas Redistricting Case

BREAKING: Supreme Court to hear challenge to Texas' racial gerrymander Supreme Court agrees to hear Texas redistricting case
Sammy Stanley | 13 January, 2018, 07:55

By taking on a law passed by South Dakota's legislature for the express goal of testing its legality, the court will return to an issue it addressed 25 and 50 years ago, before consumers did almost 10% of their shopping on the internet. That gave them control of both houses in 25 states. "By 2008, e-commerce sales alone totaled $3.16 trillion per year in the United States".

The U.S. Government Accountability Office estimated in a November report that states and municipalities could gain between $8 billion and $13 billion in annual revenue if they could require online retailers to collect sales tax. As such, many states can not collect sales taxes off of e-commerce behemoths like Amazon. The battles have led to lawsuits in Alabama, Colorado, Indiana, Massachusetts, South Carolina, Tennessee and Wyoming, among others. Their most recent precedent from neighboring North Dakota was handed down in 1992 - "before Amazon was even selling books out of Jeff Bezos's garage", lawyers for South Dakota told the court.

The Supreme Court's decision to weigh the state's appeal will further delay any redrawing efforts even after nearly seven years of litigation between state attorneys and voting and minority rights groups that challenged the maps. In addition to helping grow its members' business opportunities and profitability as a major resource for networking, business tools, and information, ERA is the voice of the direct-to-consumer industry in the nation's capital, working daily to protect the regulatory and legislative climate in an ongoing effort to ensure direct response marketers' ability to bring quality products and services to the consumer.

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South Dakota has no state income tax and relies heavily on sales taxes to fill state coffers. A victory for challengers in either case could place other states' districts in jeopardy as well. The high court previous year heard arguments in a Wisconsin case over the limits of partisan gerrymandering and whether extreme practices can be deemed unconstitutional. The sole issue they agreed to hear reads: "Should this Court abrogate Quill's sales-tax-only physical presence requirement?" Traditional retailers joined the fray, arguing it is unfair to require them, but not their online competitors, to charge sales tax with each purchase.

"Sales tax collection has become more complex as the number of tax jurisdictions has more than doubled since 1992", they argued in court papers. Systemax agreed to collect the tax, while the other companies contested the state law. They are caught between serving Main Street "brick-and-mortar" businesses that pay taxes their online rivals often sidestep, and their political desire to avoid being seen as raising or creating new taxes. "Protecting the free flow of interstate commerce from overreaching state tax laws is critically important to ensure a healthy and vibrant marketplace and economy".

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