Billie Sutton Weighs In On SD's Online Sales Tax Collection Lawsuit

Mar 11, 2018

State Senator and gubernatorial candidate Billie Sutton
Credit Sutton for South Dakota

South Dakota is going to the U.S. Supreme Court to try to get online vendors to collect and remit sales taxes. Attorney General Marty Jackley is arguing the case on April 17. South Dakota's U.S. Representative Kristi Noem has sponsored a bill in Congress to try to accomplish the same thing through federal legislation.

Noem and Jackley, both Republicans, have announced they are running for governor of South Dakota.

A third candidate for governor is Billie Sutton, a Democratic state senator from District 21. Sutton says he agrees that collecting sales taxes from people making online purchases would potentially be good for South Dakota. But he says the legislature needs to take a second look at a statutory provision that could eliminate the tax benefits.

SDPB's Victoria Wicks has this report.