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FOR RELEASE:
Monday, Aug. 20, 2001

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OWENS:  EXTEND INTERNET TAX MORATORIUM
“No Taxation Without Representation”

DENVER – Governor Bill Owens today urged Congress to extend the moratorium on Internet taxation declaring “there should be no taxation without representation.”

Owens, one of only a handful of governors who publicly oppose taxing Internet transactions, sent a letter to every member of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate urging the extension of the moratorium which expires in October.  Forty-three governors who support taxing the Internet sent a letter to Congress last week seeking to lift the moratorium.

“Some—including most of my fellow governors—argue that the moratorium hinders local tax collection efforts and supercedes states’ rights,” Owens wrote to Congress.  “The debate over the taxation of the Internet isn’t about feeding the already well-lined coffers of government.”

“It’s about the fundamentally American idea that there should be no taxation without representation.”

Owens also addressed the argument that Main Street businesses are at a disadvantage.

“While there is no evidence that Main Street firms have lost business due to tax differentials, that is beside the point,” Owens wrote to Congress.  “The answer to these concerns should not be to raise taxes on the Internet, but to lower taxes on Main Street businesses.”

 


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