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DSM Local

Ankeny, IA

#1 Jan 14, 2013
Mall of America fights effort to extend sales tax to clothing

The Mall of America says extending the state's sales tax to including clothing would deal a crushing blow to its ability to attract tourists to Minnesota.

"When we go to countries like Great Britain or China and we can say that we have no sales tax, you absolutely get their attention and they fly over L.A. and Chicago to land in Minneapolis," said Maureen Bausch, the megamall's executive vice president of business development. "Even if I have to say '1 percent,' I'm dead. The strategy is gone. It's all about perception."

Sen. Ann Rest, DFL-New Hope, introduced a bill this week that calls for a sales tax on individual clothing items that cost more than $200. And the issue is expected to generate more additional attention this session as part of a broader debate on tax reform.

Instead of adding a sales tax on clothes, Bausch says the state should focus on passing a bill that would extend the sales tax to purchases made on Amazon.com and other websites.

Best Buy Co. Inc.(NYSE: BBY) found that its online sales increased in markets where online rival Amazon.com Inc.(Nasdaq: AMZN) collects sales tax on purchases.

http://www.bizjournals.com/twincities/news/20...

“The one and only Smart Liberal”

Since: Aug 12

Former MN Tax Payer

#2 Jan 14, 2013
How come Democrats always scheme to find new ways to tax people instead of finding new ways to save money within government?
non-starter

Saint Paul, MN

#3 Jan 14, 2013
Smart Liberal wrote:
How come Democrats always scheme to find new ways to tax people instead of finding new ways to save money within government?
Two reasons, Democrats don't understand math and percentages, and number two, Democrats can't envision a government anywhere that would waste money.

Since: Sep 11

Rogers, MN

#4 Jan 14, 2013
non-starter wrote:
<quoted text>Two reasons, Democrats don't understand math and percentages, and number two, Democrats can't envision a government anywhere that would waste money.
I would say that rather than using the term democrats you might want to be more generic and say politicians. They all seem to spend our money like....well, like drunken democrats.
non-starter

Saint Paul, MN

#5 Jan 14, 2013
cantmakeitup wrote:
<quoted text>
I would say that rather than using the term democrats you might want to be more generic and say politicians. They all seem to spend our money like....well, like drunken democrats.
While politicians may be correct generically, in Minnesota it is the DFL controlled house, senate, and governor's office that will be raising taxes on us.
Minnesota gun owner

Minneapolis, MN

#6 Jan 14, 2013
Well with a DFL Governor, DFL Senate, DFL House would we expect anything else?

The DFL WILL increase taxes without a doubt!

Of course tax increases WILL take money from consumers with no regard as to what their income is.

I.E. a sales tax on clothing is what is called a regressive tax even if it applies to only expensive clothing. Because the poor also buy expensive clothing, in fact they buy lots of expensive clothing in order to feel good and that's OK. Even the poor need to feel good.
Wade Gustafson

Saint Paul, MN

#7 Jan 14, 2013
Smart Liberal wrote:
How come Democrats always scheme to find new ways to tax people instead of finding new ways to save money within government?
Where is your compassion? Sen. Rest is proposingg this tax increase on expensive clothing, uneccessary clothing, and/or clothing bought by the wealthy, to help the CHILDREN!

Since: Sep 11

Rogers, MN

#8 Jan 14, 2013
non-starter wrote:
<quoted text>While politicians may be correct generically, in Minnesota it is the DFL controlled house, senate, and governor's office that will be raising taxes on us.
That I can not argue.
Freddie

Minneapolis, MN

#9 Jan 14, 2013
Wade Gustafson wrote:
<quoted text>
Where is your compassion? Sen. Rest is proposingg this tax increase on expensive clothing, uneccessary clothing, and/or clothing bought by the wealthy, to help the CHILDREN!
Who's that superrich Texas Oil man that drives a 1967 Chev Impala?

And then there are all the poor people on welfare who drive Cadillacs.

A law on fancy clothing will just reduce sales in Minnesota because there are lots of shoppers who travel from afar to shop Minnesota, the state with no tax on clothing.

Of course the DFL could care less about killing off sales at the MOA, after all it's nothing but a gathering place for gangbangers.

The DFL machine will basically KILL Minnesota, dead. They have 2 years to do it you best hang on tight and plan on driving to Wisconsin to do your shopping.
DSM Local

Ankeny, IA

#11 Jan 14, 2013
More government revenue is just more money for them to spend. I know people from Japan and Canada like MOA and probably would not come if a sales tax were included, in that case why not just go to the super and larger mall in Edmonton Canada
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_Edmonton_Ma...
http://www.wem.ca/#/store-directory-maps
Amused Slew

Seattle, WA

#12 Jan 14, 2013
Can't be the hatred you and your pals use to greet visitors...

“The one and only Smart Liberal”

Since: Aug 12

Former MN Tax Payer

#13 Jan 14, 2013
Wade Gustafson wrote:
<quoted text>
Where is your compassion? Sen. Rest is proposingg this tax increase on expensive clothing, uneccessary clothing, and/or clothing bought by the wealthy, to help the CHILDREN!
You are right, I have no compassion. I am just some cold hearted bastard who doesn't understand the struggles of those less fortunate than me. Here, Gov GoogleyEyes and Ms. Rest, please take all of the money that I have worked for and earned. Only then can I be guilt free.

Good one Wade.(Insert big smiley face here.)
DSM Local

Ankeny, IA

#14 Jan 14, 2013
Amused Slew wrote:
Can't be the hatred you and your pals use to greet visitors...
yeah I do that from Iowa all the time, although I did once go the Minnesota just to visit the mall
Amused Slew

Seattle, WA

#15 Jan 14, 2013
Oddly, you claim to give to charity ?? Another TrashyLiar lie, right ??

If that's "ALL YOUR MONEY", you're a COMPLETE LOSER, sonny ! LMNAOROTFU~!

Gotta Hertz, being you !!!

At least, you have a Corvair ???
Comrade Slew

Ankeny, IA

#17 Jan 14, 2013
Amused Slew wrote:
Oddly, you claim to give to charity ?? Another TrashyLiar lie, right ??
If that's "ALL YOUR MONEY", you're a COMPLETE LOSER, sonny ! LMNAOROTFU~!
Gotta Hertz, being you !!!
At least, you have a Corvair ???
yeah I slew live at charity I need you to redistribute your wealth to me, hard work blegh

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