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Port: Isn't this a $20 million to $50 million tax hike?

A customer enters a shop at Fulton Mall in New York on Black Friday, Nov. 23, 2018. As the official start of the holiday shopping season begins, retailers and analysts say Black Friday 2018 appears to be off to a strong start. (David Dee Delgado/Copyright 2018 The New York Times)

“North Dakota collected $750,000 more in new online sales taxes since late June, when the Supreme Court ruled states could require online retailers to collect and remit their sales taxes,” my colleague Helmut Schmidt reported over the holiday break.

His article casts this number in a positive light. Certainly the people quotes are happy about it.

“It does level the playing field and that’s all we’ve been seeking for the last 10 or 15 years that it took to get this finally in place on a national level,” Mike Rud, president of the North Dakota Retailers Association, is quoted as saying.

“It’s about time getting it done. This has been going on a long time. Obviously, I think they should have to work under the same situation that we do. …. North Dakota to their credit has done a pretty good job of it,” Greg Danz, owner of Zandbroz Variety in downtown Fargo, told Schmidt.

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