Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., was one of only 27 senators to vote Monday against the Internet sales tax bill. Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan, missed the vote because of speaking commitment but supports the measure. As Moran noted earlier, the bill is about leveling the playing field between online retailers and brick-and-mortar vendors. States also lost $23 billion in sales tax collections last year on out-of-state Internet, catalog and mail order sales, according to a study by the National Conference of State Legislatures. The bill faces tougher odds in the House, where many lawmakers are afraid to vote for anything that might be considered a tax increase. But as Moran has said, “The legislation will not impose a new tax on the Internet or anyone. It will, however, protect small businesses and empower states with the ability to control fiscal policy as they see fit.” The Kansas House delegation should back
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