The targets of this proposed tax are Apple and Amazon pretty obviously. However, the Baltimore Sun might be collateral damage if the legislation becomes law.
Others have also blogged about this.
Governor Martin O’Malley has really done it this time. Not only has he used Obama’s stimulus slush fund as an excuse to raid the state’s transportation fund resulting in massive budget deficits. Not only has he chased businesses and hundreds of jobs out of the state with his abhorrent tax policies. Not only is he making gasoline and alcohol more expensive. Not only has he hamstrung rural Maryland economies with his United Nations approved, junk-science “sustainable development” PlanFairyland.
Robert Stacy McCain writes in a post entitled “Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley Is a Stupid, Dishonest and Incompetent Swine”:
Frankly, however, the best argument for staying in Maryland now is inertia. We’ve lived in this house for seven years, and the mere thought of having to pack everything into a moving truck — my office library alone would take days to pack — is enough to give me a headache.
Nevertheless, O’Malley’s lamebrain Internet tax might make me do it. Because in all likelihood, as we witnessed in California last year, if the state tries to tax online sales, Amazon will pull out, and I need that Amazon money.
This past year, I finally figured out how to promote Amazon sales the way they should be promoted, and my commissions on associates sales during the Christmas holiday season exceeded $1,000 a month for the first time. Maybe some people don’t think $1,000 a month is a big deal, but for an independent blogger like me, that was a spectacular financial windfall. And if that corrupt idiot swindler O’Malley causes me to lose that income, I’m outta here.