Connecticut is open for business! The Democrats have had their greedy hands out since they took control of both the state legislature and the governor’s office. Today, thousands of Amazon associates living in the Constitution State received notice Amazon was terminating the agreement they had with them effective immediately.
The program allowed entrepreneurs, bloggers and anyone with a website to make a small commission on the sale of items promoted through their online presence. Of course, just promoting the item did not generate a commission, rather the visitor needed to click the link and buy the product to earn what could be a few cents or a few dollars.
Since Connecticut residents live in Connecticut, Gov. Dannel Malloy (D) and the Democrat legislature figured Amazon had a physical presence in the state and would demand Amazon collect sales tax on all purchases made by Connecticut residents through the Amazon portal.
For its part, Amazon thinks the interpretation of the law is unconstitutional, but there is no word if the company will fight it in court. They made the decision to cut off the associates from earning any commission at all. Overstock.com also ended their affiliate program with Connecticut residents. Businesses, software companies, Web hosts, and others with affiliate programs and marketing agreements will certainly do the same.
Really Connecticut Democrats … what the hell does this do to improve the situation? Will you collect one dime in extra tax revenue from this move? Nope … all you’re doing is taking a few dollars out of the hands of Connecticut residents who – by law – were already paying you income tax on the money that was earned. Now, you don’t get a nickel in income tax and the affiliates are totally cut off.
Connecticut is open for business!
In 2004, my wife and I made the decision to invest in Connecticut by building a home here and joining the Hartford County corporate rat-race. At the time, we had other opportunities out of state and even one out of the country. I certainly can’t say the state has been unfriendly to us, but the moves made by the state legislature and this governor since February – along with the overall economic climate in the United States – has resulted in a bunch of browser bookmarks referencing living and working in other states, and a stack of brochures here in my home office from housing developments elsewhere.
You can guess what happened to the value of our home since 2004. Since then, I’ve also had one of my best friends come back to Connecticut, buy a home and start his own business. He ended up leaving the state with his growing family for greener pastures and found them.
A co-worker also moved south after living in Connecticut his entire life. Unhappy with the economics of living in Connecticut, he was able to keep his current job and move to and work from home in his new state – let’s just say it’s a lot farther south – thanks to broadband Internet access. His growing family is happy.
Do I have to list more examples? I’ve got em…
Don’t you dare try to pass along the “shared sacrifice” crap. The politicians, state budget, state employees and contractors certainly are not “sacrificing” much of anything. Have you noticed there is nobody from the union – or any state employees – complaining about the governor’s deal with unions to “give up” $1.4 billion in concessions?
Have you taken a look at the state budget for the past few years? The 2009 budget deal was for two years and the total was $37.6 billion. Now Malloy and state Democrats plan on spending $40.1 billion. That’s a 7 percent increase in the budget.
Shared sacrifice my ….
State Democrats will do what they have always done. Make government bigger and bigger when it comes to the amount of money they spend. Trust me … results don’t matter. It’s all about intentions. Their intention is simply to steal more and more money from residents to the point where so many are dependent on the government trough in some way, shape or form that they are afraid to detach themselves from the government teat.
Looking into my crystal ball I see Democrats claiming a victory after pointing out a – totally fake – surplus. They will promptly spend every single dime of that surplus and if they stay in power, you’ll never see taxes in this state lowered. Never.
The cycle continues.