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Volinsky's priorities: Other states' revenues

July 12. 2018 11:49PM

We have often praised New Hampshire’s political class for uniting across party lines to fight attempts by other states to force Granite State retailers to collect their taxes for them.

Not so fast.

Executive Councilor Andru Volinsky was the only vote on Wednesday against Gov. Chris Sununu’s request to call the Legislature back into special session to address the Supreme Court’s ruling in South Dakota v. Wayfair.

Writing in the Concord Monitor this week, Volinsky claims that Sununu’s efforts on behalf of New Hampshire businesses would start a trade war. But it is the effort of other states to reach across our borders for new revenue that violates the principles of interstate commerce.

Volinsky gained prominence as the lead attorney behind the Claremont education lawsuit, which spawned the statewide property tax. But he is not content to increase the size of New Hampshire state government. He is also concerned with maximizing revenues in other states.

He led an ill-conceived sting operation because he was worried about customers at New Hampshire liquor stores avoiding excise taxes in other states.

Now, he wants to make it easier for sales tax states to enlist New Hampshire businesses as their collection agents.

If the Legislature can find a way to protect New Hampshire online retailers from the greedy hands of out-of-state politicians, it is well worth bringing them back to Concord.

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