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Gov. Ricketts: Courts Proper Approach on Online Sales Tax Issue

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Taylor Gage, 402-471-1970

Luke Robson, 402-471-1967



LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts issued a statement following news that the Attorney General’s Office had joined a federal lawsuit regarding collection of online sales tax.


“As I have said before, enforcement of online state sales tax is an issue that must be addressed, but it can only be handled properly by Congress at the federal level or a change in direction from the Supreme Court.  States legislatures have attempted to address this issue, but their proposals have repeatedly been found unconstitutional.  My administration continues to oppose attempts to pass online sales tax expansion proposals in the Unicameral.  The Attorney General’s decision to join the case today will encourage the U.S. Supreme Court to set clear parameters for this important issue.  I want to reemphasize that any attempt to enact a legislative bill before the U.S. Supreme Court or Congress provide further clarity will result in an unconstitutional law that could place the budget on shaky ground.”