State Rep. Phil Christofanelli joins Politically Speaking for the first time to talk about some of his key priorities for the 2019 legislative session.
The second-term Republican lawmaker represents Missouri’s 105th House District, which takes in portions of St. Charles County.
A graduate of Washington University, Christofanelli was elected as a Republican committeeman when he was 21. He later served on the Missouri Republican Party state executive committee. Before getting elected to the House in 2016, Christofanelli was press secretary for U.S. Congressman Dan Benishek, R-Michigan.
Since entering the Legislature, Christofanelli has zeroed in an array of fiscal issues. He sponsored legislation requiring the Missouri Department of Revenue to map out the state’s special taxing districts, which was signed into law last year.
This year, he was selected to serve on a committee examining whether Missouri should require out-of-state online retailers to charge sales tax. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled last year that states could charge tax on purchases made on out-of-state sellers, even if those retailers don’t have a physical presence in the state.
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by jason rosenbaum
february 26, 2019