NTU's Moylan Testifies on Restraining State Government Authority

Andrew Moylan, Executive Vice President of the National Taxpayers Union Foundation and leader of a new NTU policy project called the “Interstate Commerce Initiative,” will testify today before the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law regarding H.R. 2887, the No Regulation Without Representation Act. The bill would establish a common sense standard that states can only regulate individuals or businesses with a physical presence inside their state, pushing back against the decades-long trend of attempting to target out-of-state entities. 

Moylan said, “All across the country, states are hard at work attempting to project their power across borders in ways that harm taxpayers and undermine our federalist system. The No Regulation Without Representation Act represents a thoughtful, modest approach to restraining state abuses without trampling legitimate state prerogatives.” 

Moylan has been called to testify due to his many years working to protect taxpayers from aggressive state tax and regulatory efforts. That experience led him to launch the “Interstate Commerce Initiative” at NTU, an effort announced just weeks ago that will focus on the pernicious effects of states attempting to exercise power outside their borders in the age of the internet. The Initiative will work to push back on abusive schemes like misguided internet sales tax legislation and cross-border regulation. 

Moylan stated in his testimony, “[T]he time has come for Congress to bring clarity and sanity to the situation. The internet is vast, powerful, and borderless. We must not let it become the vehicle for state governments to become similarly so.”