Idaho Statesman editorial: Retailers and business leaders have spent several fruitless years lobbying Idaho to pursue sales taxes on Internet purchases.

Main Street retailers see it as a 6 percent cost disadvantage that never goes away — a competitive edge ceded to the dot-com giants, with the full cooperation of the no-new-tax ideologues on the House Revenue and Taxation Committee.

The retailers won an important ally Monday, when Gov. Butch Otter told Idaho chambers of commerce that he would support an Internet tax.

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