On Feb. 28 and 29, U.S. governors, who were in Washington, D.C., for the annual winter meeting of the National Governors Association, floated various proposals to the White House and Congress that advocated getting online retailers to collect more taxes and making the tax system conform more to an Internet-connected world.

President Clinton met with the governors in a closed session on Feb. 28, and in a press briefing that afternoon White House Spokesman Joe Lockhart described the governors as weighing in on the topic of Internet taxation “from a variety of angles.”