Legislation will help Washington retailers compete
Yesterday’s 69-27 vote in the U.S. Senate to pass the Marketplace Fairness Act is an exciting step toward a national solution to the competitive disadvantage that brick-and-mortar businesses face in the online-retail environment [“Internet sales-tax bill backed by Amazon passes Senate,” Business, May 7].
The Seattle Metropolitan Chamber is a strong supporter of this change that will level the field for our state’s retailers, which are responsible for over 600,000 direct jobs statewide.
It’s also important to note that this legislation would not raise taxes; it simply assures that taxes already due are collected. The legislation should result in hundreds of millions of dollars in additional state revenues that can be invested in key priorities like education and transportation.
We thank Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell for their support and urge Washington’s House delegation to support this legislation because of the positive impact it will have on Washington state retailers’ ability to compete.
Maud Daudon, president and CEO, Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce