Rhode Island is stuck and it is becoming harder to retain our resident tax base, let alone maintain and grow programs and services in our stagnant economy. It is time for the .5% sales tax cut that was promised by our legislators in 2011 to be enacted. A ruling last year by the Supreme Court in South Dakota v Wayfair allowing states to impose internet taxes, and the broadening of the line item in the Rhode Island sales tax to include Internet, remote seller and other products and services, has effectively triggered the retrofit as intended in the original legislation. I have submitted House Bill 5854, along with my colleagues Minority Leader Blake A. Filippi and Representative Sherry Roberts, to clarify the language intended in the legislation and spur this much needed relief in our FY20 budget.
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