Parson wants lawmakers to pass online sales tax

Over the course of recent interviews with Missouri media outlets to discuss his agenda for the legislative session that begins next month, Gov. Mike Parson has advocated for an online sales tax and expressed openness to extending anti-discrimination protections.

Parson, a Republican, has shared those and other views while reiterating his support for some well-established priorities, including infrastructure and workforce development.

Online sales tax

With the continued growth of online commerce, Parson believes it is time the state is able to collect taxes on transactions Missourians make online, he told the Associated Press. The governor estimated that an online sales tax could generate between $100 million and $150 million in revenue.

According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, at least 29 other states have implemented laws to collect sales taxes from remote retailers or will be doing so early next year.

Anti-discrimination laws

Parson told the Kansas City Star that he was ready to have a conversation with state lawmakers about potentially extending anti-discrimination laws to LGBT Missourians. However, he expressed doubt on the extent of government’s role in the debate.

In 2013, Parson was one of a handful of Republican Senators who supported an expansion of nondiscrimination laws in the state.

“Do I think people should be discriminated on in the workforce? No I don’t. I never have felt that way,” Parson told The Star.

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