Maryland Leaders: Tax the E-tailers

As reported in the Daily Record, Governor Martin O’Malley, Comptroller Peter Franchot and Treasurer Nancy K. Kopp expressed a unified plea to federal lawmakers Wednesday, asking them to pass the Marketplace Fairness Act of 2013, legislation that would force online retailers to charge their customers a state sales tax.

Franchot, Maryland’s tax collector, said the federal legislation would mean $173 million in new revenue for Maryland. It would also hold down a gas tax increase approved by the General Assembly this year. . . O’Malley responded with a “hear, hear,” and Kopp said she only hoped the U.S. House of Representatives — “at times … a less enlightened body,” she said — would follow the Senate‘s apparent example.

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