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A flyer encouraging voters to approve the use tax in Phelps County and the City of Rolla. 10/24/19
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ROLLA — Voters in Phelps County were inconsistent Tuesday in their approach to authorizing local government to collect sales taxes on online purchases. 

Phelps County rejected the tax, while its two biggest cities, Rolla and St. James, approved it.

Sen. Lincoln Hough, R-Springfield
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Sen. Lincoln Hough is the latest guest on the Politically Speaking podcast. The Springfield Republican talked with St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum and Jaclyn Driscoll about the upcoming special session — and what to expect when lawmakers come back to Jefferson City in January.

Hough represents Missouri’s 30th Senatorial District, which takes in a big chunk of Springfield and Greene County. He was sworn into office in early January for a four-year term.

State Rep. Phil Christofanelli, R-St. Charles County
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State Rep. Phil Christofanelli joins Politically Speaking for the first time to talk about some of his key priorities for the 2019 legislative session.

The second-term Republican lawmaker represents Missouri’s 105th House District, which takes in portions of St. Charles County.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, May 9, 2013 - The Senate’s approval of a “marketplace fairness” bill to make it easier for states to collect taxes on internet sales now shifts the focus to the U.S. House and – ultimately – to states such as Missouri that don’t enforce their existing internet sales taxes.

“A solid majority of the Senate stood up for small business today,” said U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., after the vote late Monday. “I think the support in the House will be similar if the leadership practices what they preach and calls this bill for a vote.”