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Gov. Scott: The 'unfair' online tax loophole should remain in law

From Gov. Rick Scott's editorial board meeting Monday with the Daytona Beach News-Journal:

Q: Today is Cyber Monday and thousands, if not millions, of Floridians will go online to make holiday purchases without paying the sales taxes they face in downtown shops. Bricks-and-mortar retailers not only provide jobs in our communities, but they pay property taxes that help fund services and education. What should the Legislature do to level the economic playing field?

It's not fair. You shouldn't be treated differently, whether you're selling online or in bricks-and-mortar. That's not fair. But, at the same time, my focus is not to do it where we raise taxes. I don't want to take money out of the private sector.

Is it raising taxes to have a mechanism that helps Florida collect the sales taxes we're already supposed to pay?

If it's out of your pocket, that's a tax.