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Letter: Oppose internet sales tax bill

The Marketplace Fairness Act is another government whopper. It is neither fair, nor does it promote business. It will most certainly hurt our fragile economy and increase unemployment.

Local brick-and-mortar businesses are not at a disadvantage. Any thrifty shopper would rather purchase an item at a local store than buy it over the internet, because items bought online have shipping costs added on, and shipping costs are usually several times what a sales tax would be. The internet is useful for buying items that are not available locally.

Also, any local brick-and-mortar business has the opportunity to set up a website and sell their products to the rest of the country without a host of government regulations and red tape, which will not be the case if this bill becomes law.

In May 9 editorial, the Times wrote, "The legislation is of particular interest in Maryland where the governor's gas tax increase ... was tied, in part, to passage of a federal internet sales tax bill." That is important, because Maryland taxpayers have the ability to vote Maryland politicians out of office if they are unhappy with this tax, but businesses outside of Maryland are not able to vote Maryland politicians out of office if they raise the Maryland sales tax, which they will have to pay if this bill becomes law. And who doesn't foresee the Maryland sales tax increasing mightily once the governor figures out what a cash cow it will be, and that many of the businesses that have to pay it can't vote him out ?

For more information, read "Why I Oppose the Internet Tax Bill" by Sen. Ted Cruz.

Please write and call your local member of the House of Representatives and demand that they vote against the internet sales tax mandate.

Evelyn Butler

Westminster

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