OK City mayor tells President Obama it’s time to collect sales tax online

This article in The Oklahoman covers statements made by Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett to President Barack Obama that cities are losing revenues from sales tax—and that he and other mayors want the president to address the problem.

According to the article, Cornett said in an interview that he “told [Obama] there was some legislation on Capitol Hill (to address the problem), and he said he’d look into it.”

Oklahoma City likely loses $10 million to $15 million a year in sales tax revenue to online sellers, Cornett said.

Cornett was in Washington for a meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, and he told reporters that his colleagues shared the same concern.

Vocal support at the city level combined with recent activity at the state level suggest that the Main Street Fairness Act will soon be back on the federal agenda.

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