By Jon Kuhl
Hundreds of state legislators from across the country gathered on Capitol Hill on Wednesday to lobby for the Marketplace Fairness Act. The lobbying day took place as part of the 2012 NCSL Fall Forum in Washington, D.C.
While on Capitol Hill, Marketplace Fairness Act sponsors Senator Michael Enzi (R-Wyo.),Congressman Steve Womack (R-Ark.), and Congressman Peter Welch (D-Vt.) spoke to state lawmakers before the legislators disembarked to meet with their own members of Congress. Included in the meetings on Capitol Hill, state legislators met with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell(R-Ken.).
It is estimated that by 2012, state and local governments will lose at least $ 23.3 billion annually in uncollected sales taxes from out-of-state sales, with over $11.3 billion alone from online sales. As electronic commerce continues to grow so will the loss to state and local revenues.
NCSL has long been a supporting force behind the Marketplace Fairness Act.