The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) noted the considerable bipartisan momentum for leveling the playing field between online retailers and Main Street retailers as it relates to sales tax collection on display today before a House Judiciary Committee hearing.
“For too long, government has given online retailers a remarkable advantage over the Main Street retailers that create jobs and support communities. The strong bipartisan support for a comprehensive federal solution on display today before the House Judiciary Committee proves that Congress is prepared to end government’s picking of winners and losers in the free market. RILA urges Congress not to delay and to make sure the next holiday shopping season is one where Main Street can compete on a level playing field,” said Katherine Lugar, executive vice president of public affairs.
Among the strongest statements made today before the Committee were comments from Congressman Mike Pence.
Representative Mike Pence (R-IN):
"Inaction by Congress results in picking winners and losers."
The comments made at Today’s hearing follow a flurry of other strong statements in support of a comprehensive federal solution.
Governor Haley Barbour (R-MS):
“…there is simply no longer a compelling reason for government to continue giving online retailers special treatment over small businesses who reside on Main Street across Mississippi and the country.”
National Governors Association (NGA):
“The legislation also helps consumers. Fair competition means more choice. The success of electronic commerce should not mean the death of Main Street. Instead, our laws should set the stage for all businesses to compete and succeed.”
Hudson Institute: “The price difference from the tax loophole distorts the market, just as other taxes, subsidies, and regulation do.”
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