Times' editorials: Mendelsohn-gate, Internet tax reform
From this weekend's St. Petersburg Times' editorials:
A federal investigation into the political dealings of a South Florida ophthalmologist shows the state's political slush funds don't discriminate in whom they deceive. Even contributors angling to buy influence in Tallahassee can end up duped. The arrest of Dr. Alan Mendelsohn, who raised more than $2 million over the past decade operating three such accounts, is further evidence of the need to close massive loopholes in state campaign finance laws to ensure the public knows who is giving and who is receiving political contributions. Read full editorial here.
The Republican-dominated Pinellas County Commission smartly voted last week to sue online travel companies like Priceline and Expedia that have avoided fully paying the county's bed tax. Too bad their Republican colleagues in the Florida Legislature are not as aggressive in addressing other unfair tax policies, including by extending the state sales tax to all Internet sales. Read full editorial here.