Corker, Alexander Back Marketplace Fairness Act

Monday, April 22, 2013

Senator Bob Corker, (R-Tn.), made the following statement today after voting in favor of debating S. 743, “The Marketplace Fairness Act of 2013.”

“I think most Tennesseans would agree that we’re fortunate not to have a state income tax, and to help ensure that remains the case, it’s important our sales tax system works. This is a states’ rights bill that gives states like Tennessee the ability to enforce existing state tax laws and collect sales taxes on online purchases if they choose. It also levels the playing field between local brick-and-mortar businesses, who have invested in the state and currently have to collect sales taxes, and online retailers who are sometimes out-of-state entities and do not have to collect the Tennessee sales tax."  

Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tn.) released the following statement on the act, of which he is a lead cosponsor:

“This legislation boils down to two words: states’ rights. We ought to support states’ rights by letting Tennessee and other states decide whether they want to collect taxes that are already owed, and how to treat businesses fairly in the marketplace. Tennessee wants to avoid a state income tax and treat businesses fairly in the marketplace, and it shouldn’t have to play ‘Mother, May I?’ with the federal government to do so.”

The senator spoke on the floor of the U.S. Senate in support of beginning debate on the legislation. Today’s vote to begin debate follows a March 23 vote by the U.S. Senate to pass an amendment to the budget resolution supporting the Marketplace Fairness Act. Both votes included a majority of Republicans.

Senator Alexander said the Senate “sent a clear message in support of the 10th Amendment, saying that states should have the right to collect, or not collect, sales taxes from all who owe it and close a tax loophole that picks winners and losers in the marketplace.”

The Marketplace Fairness Act would grant states the option to require that remote businesses, such as those selling online or through catalogs, collect sales taxes on purchases within states’ borders. Currently, remote businesses do not have to collect sales taxes in the states they sell into, while brick-and-mortar businesses do, creating a price disadvantage.

Senator Alexander sponsored the legislation along with Senators Mike Enzi (R-Wy.) and Dick Durbin (D-Il.) and a bipartisan group of 26 other senators, including Senator Bob Corker (R-Tn.). The legislation also has the support of Tennessee’s Republican Governor Bill Haslam, as well as other Republican governors and conservative leaders across the country.




Arrest Made In Case In Which Man Says He Was Robbed By 2 Women Armed With Large Knife

An arrest has been made in a case in which a man said he was robbed by two women armed with a large knife. Amber Nicole Gaston, 32, of 1511 S. Orchard Knob Ave., is charged with aggravated robbery. In the incident on Friday, Antonio Hardaway said he spoke to a female on the phone. He said he had met her once before at a convenience store, where he asked for her phone number. ... (click for more)

Missing Man, Paul Parr, 64, Found Wednesday Morning

Paul Parr, 64, who was missing, was located Wednesday morning.    Mr. Parr was last seen walking in the woods at 5764 Highway 153 around  9:51 a.m.  on Tuesday.     (click for more)

Women Don't Ask For Rape, They Ask For Justice

The stereotypical irrationality that women typically lie about rape has brought an enormous amount of social stigma to this population. Many like to think that rape is not a huge issue in the United States, and that the media blows it out of proportion. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) reported that approximately 17.7 million females in America have been raped, with 108,612 ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Happy Birthday, Mr. Berg

This past Monday we should have closed the Post Office, let kids out of school, and lowered our flags to half-mast. March 2 is the anniversary of Moe Berg’s birthday and the legendary Casey Stengel once said Moe was “the strangest man ever to play baseball.” Moe played major league baseball for 16 years, finishing with the Boston Red Sox in 1939 and a lifetime batting average of ... (click for more)

Double Overtime Thriller: Central Boys Going To State

For all the folks who came to Chattanooga State Tuesday night for the Class AA sectional battle between Livingston Academy and Region 3-AA champ Central, they got their money's worth and more. And they even got some free basketball to boot. Needing a couple of overtimes, the Purple Pounders will be heading to Murfreesboro and MTSU's Murphy Center next week for the TSSAA State ... (click for more)

Blackman Blazes A Trail To State By Bashing Bradley, 55-35

(Story will be updated) MUFREESBORO, Tenn. – The Class AAA state champions are still alive and well. Blackman raced past outmanned Bradley Central, 55-35, Tuesday night in a Class AAA sectional victory that blazed a path right to the boys state tournament at nearby Middle Tennessee State University starting on March 11. The Blaze (24-5) will be making their fourth ... (click for more)