Pennsylvania enhances its bad reputation for being anti-business by threatening a stay-at-home mom with $10 million in fines for selling items on eBay without having an auctioneer’s license. The commonwealth is deciding whether to require an electronic auctioneer’s license (with a licensing fee) or to permit online auctions without such a license.
You can read more about it at philly.com in Bob Fernandez’s article titled “Pennsylvania takes on online auctions.”
What to learn from her experience? Here are three lessons:
1. Vote with your feet by moving to a pro-business state.
2. The government is always looking for ways to control you through regulation and/or taxation.
3. Put the proper legal safeguards in place so that you don’t become the next victim of bureaucracy run amuck.