Connecticut is now CLOSED for Business with Amazon and Overstock. Bloggers, small retailers, etc. will no longer be able to participate in the Amazon Affiliate Program due to a recent budget passed by Dan Malloy (D), governor of Connecticut. And to think, I voted for him. Gee, thanks!
Connecticut's Amazon Affiliates received notices early this morning terminating their contracts with Amazon. This is a result of the budget signed by Dan Malloy. The budget allegedly sought to receive $9.4 million in taxes from $148 million in online sales each year. Fine. What proves vexing, beside the taxation of Amazon through bloggers and business owners, is that, on April 21, Kevin Sullivan, Revenue Services Commissioner, wrote a memo to to Ben Barnes (Malloy's budget chief) saying that no state that has adopted the Amazon law has collected any money from the tax. The reason for this is that Amazon just ends the affiliate programs in each state.
The measure is unlikely to generate much, read: a few dollars, revenue without Amazon.
Connecticut could have benefited from the income taxes of these individuals and small enterprises. But, this new sales tax has resulted in complete termination of the program in the State of Connecticut. Small enterprises and bloggers who supplemented their income through the Amazon Affiliate Program, will suffer a big blow. I understand that Connecticut has a big deficit and high unemployment rates but, I do not believe this was the way to get there. All this accomplishes is reduce the income of people. Connecticut will no longer benefit from any supplemental income I might have earned.
And what has been Connecticut's response to all of this? Taunting.
Kevin B Sullivan, the tax commissioner, issued a statement: "they can run but they cannot hide." Seriously? I think they not only hid, they went ahead and ended all relations.
Below is MY pink slip, thanks to the new Connecticut budget:
Notice of Contract Termination Due to New Connecticut Law
Gee, thanks Connecticut.