AFL-CIO Illinois President supports Internet Tax Legislation

Statement from Michael T. Carrigan, president, Illinois AFL-CIO on HB3659 – Internet Tax Legislation

 

The Illinois Internet Tax represents much needed revenue for our state. Most states require sales tax on internet transactions. It levels the playing field for retailers who have permanent operations in our state and must charge sales tax.

Labor has worked closely with business to address this problem in our state, to help protect jobs and grow Illinois’ economy. We were very disheartened at the attempts to stop this legislation by Amazon.com who threatened businesses and working men and women at a time when jobs are precious.

We would like to thank state lawmakers in the House and Senate for their overwhelming support for the bill, especially the leadership and main sponsors: Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago), Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno (R-Lemont) and State Representative Pat Verschoore (D-Milan). And we thank Governor Pat Quinn for signing the bill into