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Online sales taxes won't be out of line if a powerful Ohio lawmaker has his say.
Louis W. Blessing Jr., Ohio Senate Ways & Means chairman, has introduced legislation designed to force largely tax-free Internet retailers to apply the state's 5 percent sales tax plus varying local sales taxes to online purchases.
The Cincinnati Republican introduced the bill Nov. 2, a week before U.S. House Budget Chairman John R. Kasich, R-Westerville, introduced legislation to ban state and local taxes on goods and services sold over the Internet.
Blessing said the battle over Internet sales taxes would determine the outcome of billions in funding for schools, parks and other government-supplied services at a time when electronic commerce sales have exploded from less than $3 billion two years ago to an estimated $20 billion-plus this year. …