Affiliates in Hawaii are trying to convince Governor Lingle to veto Hawaii HB1405, the bill that would force out of state merchants to collect and remit sales tax. Dean Takamine is leading the way and is taking active measures to see if he can halt HB1405. Dean has organized a Ning social network called Hawaii Affiliate Tax. I urge all affiliates from Hawaii to join his efforts. Dean has met with Senator Fukunaga and a lobbyist from Amazon. As I mentioned here a few months back, Amazon and other merchants have indicated that they will terminate affiliates from Hawaii.
As I mentioned in a couple of earlier posts, time is running out in Hawaii. Affiliates need to speak out now. If you think working on stopping the passage of a bill is hard wait until you see how hard it is to work on a repeal. The battle to repeal a law, especially one that generates revenue, is extremely difficult.
According to her website, Governor Lingle welcomes input on pending legislation. Although I am in NY I have sent her my thoughts. My thoughts are based on experience. As a New York affiliate my business was destroyed last year by the Internet tax law that was passed here. My story is similar to that of thousands of other NY affiliates, the bulk of whom are now silent, the bulk of whom have moved on.
I wish Dean and all affiliates in Hawaii the best. If I can help in any way please let me know. You have my support and my voice.