President Trump just recently held his first State of the Union Address before Congress and the American people. In it, he outlined his policy priorities and set his expectations for the coming year. Coming off a year of great success for the retail industry, we're excited about what's to come and are looking forward to seeing continued progress on issues important to retailers like our nation's infrastructure, global trade, and the economy.
We recently released our 2018 Public Policy Agenda, which identifies the key issue areas that are vital to help retailers move America forward. Below are the top 4 priorities for RILA and its members:
- Ensure Robust Competition Throughout the Retail Industry
- Empower Consumers and Drive Innovation
- Promote Employee Flexibility and Mobility
- Secure and Grow the Retail Global Value Chain
In 2018 RILA will, among other things, focus on helping its members navigate tax reform implementation, pursue electronic payments reform, and seek to achieve sales tax parity for brick and mortar retailers through the courts.
As retailers continue to focus on innovation, RILA will lead the charge in promoting sound policy that allows retailers to effectively communicate to their customers and keep customer data safe.
In meeting consumer expectations and the needs of an evolving workforce, retailers face several challenges. A complex system of laws, regulations, and inconsistent enforcement by government officials
stifles growth and innovation. The Association will continue to work on behalf of members to support regulatory reform efforts that promote employee flexibility and enhanced consumer protection.
Finally, RILA will continue to lead the way in showcasing the benefits of investing in America's infrastructure and expanding trade to American families. The Association will continue to educate lawmakers about the impact a potential withdrawal from NAFTA or other free trade agreements or programs will have to U.S. jobs and retail prices.
To read RILA's full 2018 Public Policy Agenda click here.
2017 marked a year of great success for the retail industry. RILA and its members worked with Congress and the Administration to advocate for the passage of comprehensive tax reform, the preservation of swipe fee reform and the reversal of overreaching regulatory policies.
As we look towards the future, there is still much to be done. RILA will continue to work with Congress, the Administration and lawmakers nationwide to be the voice for retail in our nation’s capital and across the country.