Income taxes were just due, and I hope that filing this year wasn’t too painful.
The Supreme Court is currently considering South Dakota v Wayfair, A case debating whether or not state and municipal governments can collect their respective sales taxes.
Why have prices fallen so low? Because government subsidies created a glut – and the market is flooded. This government money warps and distorts the marketplace – as otherwise productively-directed time and effort is instead spent chasing the government coin. Producers produce not what the marketplace needs – but for what the government pays.