Topic: Marketplace Fairness Act
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September 9, 2013 at 6:53 AM
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Because of an out-of-date tax loophole, many online retailers based outside of Washington are given an unfair competitive advantage by the government over companies including Best Buy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
May 9, 2013 at 11:17 AM
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
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