Can states collect sales taxes on all purchases?

Can states collect sales taxes on all purchases?

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, a Republican who has steadfastly defended the way the GOP-run Legislature drew the lines for state House and congressional districts, expressed confidence that the justices will rule in the state's favor.

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., who brought that case to the high court when she was North Dakota's tax commissioner, called the decision to hear the new case "welcome news for the small businesses that create jobs and are the lifeblood of our communities".

"We are expecting ... a decision before the November elections", said Rolando Rios, an attorney for the plaintiffs.

In a Friday statement, Paxton applauded the Supreme Court's decision and reiterated his outrage over the San Antonio panel's decision to block the 2013 maps that had been drawn by a lower court.

In those two instances, Rios said, candidates competed in open elections for the newly drawn districts and closely contested races without a majority victor went into run-offs. And last month it accepted a petition from Maryland Republicans to review the way that state's Democratic leadership redrew the lines of a congressional district held by a GOP congressman.

"No one could have foreseen in 1992 the ways that internet retail would remake the American economy in 2017", South Dakota argued in court papers. Also on Friday, Chief Justice John Roberts ordered groups that challenged congressional districts in North Carolina - which were struck down earlier this week for giving Republicans an improper advantage over Democrats - to respond by Wednesday to an appeal by state officials. Farenthold, who faced allegations of harassment, has said he is not seeking reelection.

On the House side, the panel ruled that Texas needed to address violations in Dallas, Nueces, Bell and Tarrant counties where it said lawmakers diluted the strength of voters of color. According to one estimate cited by the states in a brief they filed with the high court, they'll lose out on almost $34 billion in 2018 if the Supreme Court's previous rulings stand. Yet it could still be affected by the Supreme Court's ruling, given that its platform does include third-party sellers.

The court emphasized, however, that "this interim map is not a final ruling on the merits of any claims asserted by the Plaintiffs in this case or any of the other cases consolidated with this case". This comes after years of controversy and litigation surrounding the district maps, which were first legally challenged in 2011 after the Texas Legislature drafted new state and congressional districts to keep up with the state's quickly expanding population. The state enacted a law requiring out-of-state retailers to collect sales tax in 2016, knowing that the move would provoke a legal battle.

Beyond the 2018 elections, the case outcome could carry long-term impacts for Texas. The state Supreme Court said it had no choice except to follow the Supreme Court precedent, noting that only the Justices themselves can overrule themselves.

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