If Washington State shoppers by something online from a Washington State based company, they are charged Washington State sales taxes of roughly 8 to 9 percent. If you buy from a company based out of state, they are not charged a sales tax.

Many Washington retailers, both online and local brick and mortar stores, are saying the playing field isn't level. They contend that taxes should be charged on all online purchases.

Today, Governor Chris Gregoire announced efforts to build support for a congressional plan that would allow states to collect sales tax from online retailers based elsewhere. Similar efforts in Congress over the past decade have failed, even as online sales have become more common.

Jan Teague, President and CEO of the Washington Retail Association discussed the issue on Monday's Mike Bastinelli show.

Click this player to listen to the interview.