Shift In Power To Dems Could Give Republican Chance To Levy Net Tax
from the .tax dept
Since last Tuesday's election, which saw the Democrats return to power on Capitol Hill, we've been trying to read the tea leaves to figure out what, if anything, the change means for technology. Turns out, it may be a change on the Republican side that has the most impact. In the inevitable post-election reshuffling, Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander is likely to be elevated to Minority Whip; this is important because Alexander is a strong proponent of eliminating the internet tax moratorium. And while generally, politicians have been reluctant to regulate or tax the internet, the partisan nature of the recent net neutrality debates may have brought related subjects to the table. There's no saying how hard he'll push for this, or even what difference it will make, but it would certainly be ironic that given the two parties' stereotypical views on taxation, it could be a Republican in a position to push a new tax.