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Merkley: Oregon Retailers Should Not Be Forced to Collect Inefficient, Regressive Sales Tax


Location: Washington, DC

Oregon's Senator Jeff Merkley issued the following statement after the passage of a bill to force internet retailers to collect sales taxes for states and municipalities that have local sales taxes.

"I voted no on the internet sales tax because the citizens of Oregon have said nine times that we don't want our families or small businesses burdened with sales taxes. It's a regressive tax. It's an inefficient tax. And this bill would force our Oregon retailers to collect this regressive, inefficient tax for other states and municipalities. That is just wrong. I hope the House does the right thing and stops this legislation from trampling on Oregon small businesses."

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