AndyA - 10:25 pm on Mar 9, 2010 (gmt 0)
So...let me make sure I have this correct...
During a recession, with over 10% real unemployment in this country, states are forcing small businesses OUT OF BUSINESS by creating new taxes?
This seems rather short sighted to me. Those businesses were paying taxes in the state where they were located, and those businesses were no doubt supporting people who spent money in their communities, again paying taxes in the process.
So now, those businesses are in danger of going out of business which means they will no longer be paying taxes, nor will the people who depended on them for income.
BRILLIANT! Is it any wonder things are so screwed up?
If the brick and mortar retailers were so great, they wouldn't be worried about the internet retailers. Smart moves like Circuit City, who fired all the employees who could actually HELP customers...all to save money. And it cost them their business. Another brilliant move!
Shopping in person is a pain in the neck. Associates who can't answer questions. Out of stock items. Trying to find someone to ring you up when you're ready to leave. Sitting in traffic. Trying to find a parking spot.
You really have to want something bad to go shopping in person, unless you just do it for sport.
I don't propose to have the answer to this, but I'm pretty sure what we're seeing from New York, North Carolina, and Colorado isn't it.