Amazon and other online retailers with ties to Michigan would have to collect its 6 percent sales tax on purchases under legislation approved Thursday by a divided Senate.
Michigan lawmakers are breathing new life into bills that would force retailers such as Amazon.com to collect the state’s sales tax on Internet purchases.
Legislative leaders are considering a possible tax hike before year’s end to improve the condition of roads.
It’s a job killer and it needs to change, retailers say.
Raising the 6 percent sales tax can only be done if voters approve a constitutional amendment.
High-level talks over fixing Michigan’s deteriorating roads are at a standstill in the Capitol, with Republican and Democratic leaders still unable to agree much on how to even start.
Gov. Snyder is having a tough time persuading the GOP-led Legislature to swallow an increase in the state gasoline tax from 19 cents to 33 cents a gallon and a hike in car license plate fees by 60 percent.
A multi-pronged plan to raise more money for road and bridge repairs by asking Michigan voters to increase the retail sales tax doesn’t appear headed for a vote — at least for now.
The leader of the state Senate has tabled a proposal to raise vehicle registration fees as a way to raise money to fix the roads.
Michigan Republican lawmakers are working to make online retailers collect the same sales taxes as brick-and-mortar businesses.