[IMGCAP(1)]State government debt is expected to reach $1.17 trillion in fiscal year 2016, but elected officials have no interest in raising tax rates or taking austerity measures. Why commit political suicide when there are creative ways to boost tax revenue without angering voting taxpayers?

Instead, states will use three tools to expand their taxpayer base: pot, opacity and sufficient presence. Here is how the sales tax landscape may change in 2016:

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