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Local view: Bad vote hurts 5,200 Minnesota businesses and individuals

Published 06/30/2013, Duluth News Tribune

In the last Minnesota legislative session, area state Sens. Tom Bakk, Tony Lourey, Roger Reinert and David Tomassoni, as well as area state Reps. David Dill, Tom Huntley, Jason Metsa, Mary Murphy, Erik Simonson and Mike Sundin, voted for the Affiliate Nexus Tax, also known as the “Amazon Tax.” Gov. Mark Dayton signed it into law. The law was an attempt to force big Internet retailers, such as Amazon.com, to collect sales taxes in the state of Minnesota. The law says if online retailers do business with Internet marketers in the state the online retailers must collect sales taxes.

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