Taxing Remote Vendors Politically Safer Than Tax Hikes

Law360, New York (March 10, 2017, 9:28 PM EST) -- Despite the low odds of overturning Supreme Court law mandating that states can only levy transaction taxes on retailers physically present within their borders, cash-strapped states across the U.S. are pursuing creative ways to tax out-of-state retailers in the face of political challenges presented by tax increases and spending cuts.

Debates have been breaking out across the country on how best to balance state budgets in dire straits, illustrating the resistance legislators can face from their opponents and constituents.

Kansas, for example, is currently caught up in a messy struggle to provide adequate funding for its schools after tax cuts championed...

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