'Your papers, please' must never be heard in America
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Massachusetts retailers are hailing a deal reached between online seller Amazon.com and state officials to begin collecting the state's 6.25 percent sales tax from Bay State residents who order items through the website.
Five years after Gov. Mitt Romney signed Massachusetts' groundbreaking health care legislation, it has met its chief goal of extending insurance coverage to most residents — but with costs rising faster than inflation, lawmakers face the challenge of how to pay for it all.
"It's a very big win for Main Street," said Jon Hurst, president of the Retailer Association of Massachusetts. "Small merchants will compete price-wise and service-wise. What they cannot accept is a government-imposed advantage."