Goodlatte should use his committee chairmanship to help push through legislation allowing states to collect taxes due on out-of-state sales.
As new chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Bob Goodlatte will be at the center of debate on some of the biggest, most contentious issues likely to come before Congress this year — immigration reform and gun control, to name two.
Before he goes there, Goodlatte should resolve a far more mundane issue: e-tail sales tax equity.
Allow states to require that online businesses collect whatever sales taxes are due them, just as brick-and-mortar businesses must. As the law stands, Internet retailers don’t have to unless they have a physical presence in a state.