Hillyard supports decision to collect sales tax from Amazon purchases

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Utah Governor Gary Herbert says he is pleased about the amount of money his proposed budget provides for public education, but Republican State Senator Lyle Hillyard says it is less than $300 million of new money and $70 million off the top is for growth in education.

Although he has worked on public education in other years, he is the executive senator over that area this year.

Hillyard says he was genuinely pleased with the announcement by Amazon that it would be willing to now collect sales tax on purchases made in Utah.

“We owe the money. The sales tax in Utah is very clear, the buyer, the purchaser owes the money,” Hillyard explains. “We worked out an arrangement with local businesses that when people pay them, they collect it and remit to the state so we don’t have to really worry about it.

“The deal with Amazon, I think that will be a nice inclusion of collecting that money that is already owed. Then we can look at how to expand that into other areas.”

Hillyard says he just wishes the federal government would do the same, but he does not expect that to happen.

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