@GreenWeaver - I know what you mean but sales tax rates are another form of a regressive tax because although everyone pays the same percentage it does impact the poor more negatively.
There was also talk of having a consumption tax and developing a federal tax rate on goods and services which would also be paid out by tourists. This would be a tax of about 15% on all goods and services. The problem is that businesses would not like this tax because it would make it harder for their customers to buy their goods and services because it is making their goods and services cost more by virtue of this tax.
I know in Europe there is a value added tax but it is in addition to the regular tax system not a supplement. This is really to finance the health care system. But if we implemented that here, I wonder if our tourism would decline?