Norfolk City Council votes to support Marketplace Fairness Act

NORFOLK - The U-S Senate passed the Marketplace Fairness Act last month.  The legislation is designed to collect unpaid taxes from on-line merchants.  At the meeting of the Norfolk City Council earlier this week, council members voted to send letters to each of Nebraska’s three members of the House of Representatives expressing support of the legislation.  The city’s finance director Randy Gates says a University of Tennessee study says $23 billion in sales tax, including $118 million in Nebraska goes uncollected.  President Obama says he will sign the bill into law if it crosses his desk.  Gates says opponents are lobbying heavily in the House to prevent its passage.  On first reading, the council members voted 7-0 in favor of sending the letters in support of the legislation.  Councilman Josh Moening abstained.  Moening is an employee of Congressman Jeff Fortenberry.