In many places, state sales taxes are in force, but the question we have to ask is if they are fair to the majority of the residents of those states. For example, state sales taxes in New York State are only four per cent, but if you go to New York City, you will pay 8.375 per cent. The inequity of these amounts seems to create a rather substantial burden on those on a fixed income or who have little money to spend on anything beyond basic needs.
Certainly those people can shop or move out of the city and pay less state sales taxes, but what about those who are unable to do either of those things? There is need for a more even structure such as exists in New Jersey where the 7 per cent sales tax is divided evenly with the municipality, resulting in an effective 3.5 per cent sales tax for the state of New Jersey.