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Frank Ortis, mayor, Pembroke Pines

Frank Ortis, mayor, Pembroke Pines

Last week: Florida League of Cities Federal Action Strike Team is trying to get Congress to pass the Marketplace Fairness Act, and not cap Municipal Bonds — federal issues that affect municipalities. The Marketplace Fairness Act grants states the authority to compel online and catalog retailers — regardless of where they are located — to collect sales tax at the time of a transaction, just as local retailers are required to do. This act also requires that states must simplify their own sales tax laws to make multistate sales tax collection easy. Sept. 8 Looking ahead: I believe that all eyes will be on Congress when the vote is taken about Syria. The President has shown...

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