A Lesson Learned

By now I'm sure most reading this site have already read about MA looking to impose a sales tax on NH stores.  To sum it up, Massachusetts, in efforts to get more blood from the tax payer stone to make up for their $1.1 billion dollar deficit under their Democrat controlled state have gone after Town Tire in an attempt to collect $109,000 in taxes for tires sold to Massachusetts residents who traveled over the boarder to NH to avoid the MA sales tax.

In the article in the Concord Monitor they point to an existing 1967 MA state law which requires MA residents to pay a "use" tax for anything they purchase out of state but use in MA.  That means a TV, appliance, tires etc bought in NH would be taxes by the state of MA.  But the article points out "Residents must report and pay the use tax themselves when they file their state income tax returns, which the department of revenue concedes most never do."

Stop for a moment and think about that.  Most people rather then paying taxes on items usually avoid them.  So here's a learning lesson for government... if people have an option to avoid taxes they do.  Doesn't that imply to you that maybe people don't want high taxes and more government?  Sure says that to me.  Ah, but here's a lesson I've also learned from my 5 years of working on town budgets, while people don't want to be taxes, they also don't want you to cut the programs they support.  Sure, it's ok to tax the other guy for something you want but when it comes to you being taxed back for what they want, well now that's a problem.

After a while you would think we would just wake up collectively and say hey, maybe the solution is to just take a little responsibility for our own lives and stop looking for ways to pawn off things we want onto other people's wallets because once you do that you begin to run the risk of likewise being force to pay for the things they too want or to have them shut down the program once they've had enough paying for things they don't want themselves.

But alas, MA government has not yet learned that lesson.  Instead they continue to squeeze the taxpayer stone for as many drops of blood they can get from it even when doing so now begins to harm other states.  And yes the percussions will be negative for NH.  Businesses will be forced to either start taxing out of state residents which will eliminate the advantage NH businesses have over MA businesses or they will be forced to raise prices to make up for the pay outs which will increase costs for all of us.  So one way or another NH will be forced to be punished for MA poor leadership and out of control spending should this be allowed.

And I haven't even begun to touch the Constitutional arguments against this, both on the state and federal constitution levels.

NH Constitution

[Art.] 7. [State Sovereignty.] The people of this state have the sole and exclusive right of governing themselves as a free, sovereign, and independent state; and do, and forever hereafter shall, exercise and enjoy every power, jurisdiction, and right, pertaining thereto, which is not, or may not hereafter be, by them expressly delegated to the United States of America in congress assembled.

[Art.] 12. [Protection and Taxation Reciprocal.] Every member of the community has a right to be protected by it, in the enjoyment of his life, liberty, and property; he is therefore bound to contribute his share in the expense of such protection, and to yield his personal service when necessary. But no part of a man’s property shall be taken from him, or applied to public uses, without his own consent, or that of the representative body of the people. Nor are the inhabitants of this state controllable by any other laws than those to which they, or their representative body, have given their consent.

And of course the Federal Constitution which grants state's sovereignty...

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.