Pennsylvania's push to force online retailers to collect sales taxes has hit serious pay dirt — a commitment to do so by internet giant Amazon.com — but the struggle is far from over. Gov. Tom Corbett is eager to collect tens of millions of dollars in new state revenue without technically raising taxes. But consumers still look for tax-free merchandise on the internet and sellers are happy to fill the orders, pocketing profits while Pennsylvania's brick-and-mortar retailers are sandbagged by taxes they cannot evade.
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett announced that Dollar General will locate its new distribution center in the state, creating more than 500 jobs and an additional 75 indirect trucking jobs. "My goal is simple: to make sure there's a job out there for every Pennsylvanian who wants one," Corbett said. "Our effort to bring Dollar General to Berks County means that 500 people will have the opportunity to earn a paycheck."