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September 9, 2013 at 6:53 AM

The Marketplace Fairness Act

Support local businesses

Americans are more frustrated than ever with inaction in Congress during these uncertain economic times.

But I’d like to give credit to Rep. Adam Smith and thank him for supporting the bipartisan Marketplace Fairness Act that is being discussed in Congress. This overdue legislation is aimed at protecting local jobs and restoring rights back to states like ours.

The congressman recently visited the Best Buy store I manage in Tukwila. We have more than 100 local employees, and I believe Smith is a strong supporter of local jobs.

Because of an out-of-date tax loophole, many online retailers based outside of Washington are given an unfair competitive advantage by the government over companies including Best Buy and Amazon, by not having to collect state sales taxes.

We don’t want any special breaks from the government, just a fair shake. The Marketplace Fairness Act closes that loophole and ensures that every business plays by the same rules.

I appreciate the congressman’s support of hundreds of local businesses and their employees who just want a shot at competing in a truly free market.

Bodhi Hagar, general manager of Best Buy store, Tukwila

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