Originally Posted by morbidcorpse
That's California. You may not be aware of how dysfunctional Michigan is. If you think Cali is bad, well....as The Joker so famously said, "wait until they get a load of me!" And besides, if I'm understanding you correctly, you're talking about foreign imports? We're talking about buying something from Amazon that is shipped from Ohio, to Michigan and later not claiming the Michigan sales tax on it come tax season. and even then, as a citizen I would argue Michigan's ability to even claim that sales tax because the sale took place in Ohio, not Michigan. besides, the politicians here are too busy lining their own pockets while residents of Flint, Pontiac, Saginaw, and Detroit are offing each other in record numbers. they have much bigger fish to fry than internet sales tax.
Right .......it's different back there I've been back there from Cal many many times on business before I retired ,Michigan Ohio ,Illinois etc some of the cities you mentioned and more.
Despite downtown Detroit over hyped small renaissance there are vast areas in the rust belt et,al that are that not far removed from Afghanistan and getting worse by the day and year due to *a lot of things* not least of which (without pointing fingers ) are bad policy decisions public and private well before the early 80's when I first went there .
TV can't begin to represent the scale of devastation in the rust belt
and if it even tried only Ken Burns could even attempt to .
As you probably know If you have't seen it other than a war zone or epic natural disaster it's almost incomprehensible and as you know that is not an opinion.
The media presently doesent wan't us to know the consequences or 'real'scale of it outside of the Midwest they would rather cover an officials parking tickets or the Kardashians or gin up devisions .
Ford Motor's River Rouge was almost surreal long after it closed down when I was there. Unbelievable what they accomplished there the PBS Henry Ford documentary re visits that that briefly you can get that at the PBS American Experience website and Roku same and probably Amazon prime etc.
I'm sure you already know for example that middle eastern immigrants are more than happy to come to abandoned or near neighbor hoods , communities and enclaves back there and are being proactively located in those and happy as a clam compared to where they came from.
I have no doubt the authorities throughout the rust belt have bigger fish to fry,bullets to dodge and ill deeds to cover up than enforce internet sales tax .
OTOH they could all probably take lessons from the Calif Franchise Tax board that's no lie so could the IRS Cal. gets it due