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I have been working on this sales tax fairness issue since joining the U.S. Senate in 1997. As a former small business owner, it is important to level the playing field for all retailers -- in-store, catalog, and online -- so an outdated rule for sales tax collection does not adversely impact small businesses and Main Street retailers. As a state legislator in Wyoming, we did not pass laws that burden the people who pay property tax, hire residents and participate in community events while telling those businesses from out of state that we want them to have our money. Take money from the local community, but you don't have to do anything in return? We never intended to give out-of-state businesses an advantage over those businesses that are a part of the community. Yet that is exactly where we sit unless Congress allows states the opportunity to fix it if they so choose.


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