As you have probably read, John Boehner recently decided to resign from his position as Speaker of the House of Representatives. Former Vice Presidential candidate and Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, Paul Ryan (R-WI/1), will be the new Speaker. This is a significant development in the sales tax fight, since the Speaker has the ability to control what legislation is considered on the floor. In fact, if not for Speaker Boehner’s decision to block the Marketplace Fairness Act (MFA) at the end of last year, it could be law today. Speaker Ryan’s position on the MFA is less clear.