Internet Taxation

Will an Internet Tax Freedom Act help spur Internet commerce and bring about a new era of economic vitality? What will happen to local government sales tax revenues?

by , / June 30, 1998
Clarence E. Anthony, mayor of South Bay, Fla., since 1984, is the first vice president of the National League of Cities and in line to become NLC president for 1999. He has served on the league's board of directors, the NLC Election '96 Task Force, and on the Policy and Legislative Committee, Community and Economic Development Policy Steering Committee, and the NLC Committee on Localism. A member of the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials (NBC/LEO), he serves on the board of directors of the National Conference of Black Mayors. Anthony also served as president of the Florida League of Cities in 1995, and he serves on many state committees and commissions. He received the Florida Jaycees Mayor of the Year
Award for 1989-90.

Jeff Eisenach is president of The Progress & Freedom Foundation, which he co-founded in 1993, and is dedicated to studying the impact of the digital revolution and its implications for public policy. Eisenach, who received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Virginia in 1985, serves on the faculty of Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, and previously served on the faculty at George Mason University and Virginia Polytechnic Institute. His was a senior economist at the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and served at the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) under President Reagan. He served as chief of staff to OMB Director James C. Miller III. He has written several books, articles for scholarly journals and articles for national publications.

Frank Kelly is vice president and head of government affairs at Charles Schwab & Co. He also serves as a national spokesperson for the Internet Tax Fairness Coalition, comprised of leading Internet and high-tech companies, trade associations and consumer groups that support the fair and equitable tax treatment of the Internet and online services. He previously served as deputy director and director of the Office of Public Affairs, Policy Evaluation and Research at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission; at the U.S. Department of Justice he was the assistant to the director of the Office of Policy Development and a speech writer for the attorney general; and he was the deputy associate director of the White House Office of Political Affairs and a writer for President Ronald Reagan.

Brian Moura is the assistant city manager of the city of San Carlos, Calif. He is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the city as well as direct supervision of the Administrative Services Department, which includes finance, risk management and information technology. Moura is also a member of California's "Group of Six," a City/High-Tech Industry Group that developed a compromise version of the Internet Tax Act that is now before the California Legislature.

William Myers is CEO of the United States Internet Council, which defines and advances policies that support the continuing growth of the Internet. Myers is also an adjunct fellow to The Progress & Freedom Foundation and a board member of The Technology Network. He has held senior policy-management positions -- including executive director -- with the American Legislative Exchange Council, directed the Center for State Policy, and led the South Carolina Policy Council as executive vice president. He is the founding president of the State Policy Network, an association of state-based public-policy research institutions. Myers has served on the staff of the U.S. Senate Republican Policy Committee and as a member of several state and federal advisory commissions, including, most recently, the Executive Committee to the Congressional Internet Caucus.

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