Attorney General Jim Hood is adding his voice to a growing chorus of Mississippi policymakers in calling on federal officials to pave the way for states to collect Internet sales taxes.

Hood, a Democrat, filed a friendly brief to a U.S. Supreme Court case asking justices to hear arguments that could overturn a 1992 ruling that requires businesses to have a presence in the state to charge sales tax.

“If local stores are unable to compete with out-of-state online retailers, we lose jobs, an important tax base and a critical investment in our communities. We’re asking the Supreme Court to even the playing field for merchants and to allow the states to gain the revenue that should be due to them,” Hood said in a release.

Ryan L. Nave, a native of University City, Mo., served as Mississippi Today's editor-in-chief from May 2018 until April 2020. Ryan began his career with Mississippi Today February 2016 as an original member of the editorial team. He became news editor August 2016. Ryan has a bachelor’s in political science from the University of Missouri-Columbia and has worked for Illinois Times and served as news editor for the Jackson Free Press.