While I certainly am not one to ask my government for additional taxes, I do like to see people and corporations paying their fair share under the current system. The online sales tax collection issue you referenced recently ("Franchot's mistake," Nov. 14) is a perfect example of large and powerful companies refusing do so. As a Maryland teacher who witnesses daily the budgetary shortfalls and gaps that negatively affect our schoolchildren, that rubs me the wrong way.
Likewise, I am angered by the failure of online travel companies such as Travelocity and Expedia to fully pay Maryland the sales and lodging taxes they collect. As pointed out by Gov. Martin O'Malley, it is patently unfair to allow these online corporations to continue collecting revenue masked as "sales taxes" and not remit these owed dollars to our state. Local hoteliers pay their share in sales and lodging taxes. The big online travel companies should as well.