Senator Richard Hilderbrand (R-Galena) issued the following statement on the United States Supreme Court ruling on online sales tax:

“This week the United State Supreme Court ruled that states can now collect online sales tax from out-of-state vendors. Before the Legislature moves forward, we must look closely to see how this will impact hardworking Kansans.

We cannot place another tax hike onto Kansas taxpayers for a third year in a row. An implementation of online sales tax must be coupled with a decrease in the overall sales tax rate. It is an embarrassment that Kansans pay some of the highest sales taxes in the Midwest. Our first priority should be to ease the financial burden on families by making Kansas a more affordable state.

The sales tax rate must be lowered so Kansans can keep more of their money in their pockets instead of being forced to send more and more money to Topeka.”