LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — As shoppers are scooping up online deals on Cyber Monday, Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe says he and fellow governors worry about whether brick-and-mortar stores are at a competitive disadvantage compared to online retailers.
Beebe made the comments Monday outside a L’Oreal plant in North Little Rock.
The Democratic governor said he and his counterparts across the country worry about whether brick-and-mortar stores are at a disadvantage because they have to collect sales taxes while online stores don’t.
Beebe said American consumers are going to shop where they can find the best deals. He added that it’s important to take care of businesses that employ Arkansans and support the state.
Cyber Monday was started in 2005 by a retail trade group to encourage Americans to shop online the Monday after Thanksgiving.