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Washington, D.C.—A major step forward for the Marketplace Fairness Act was achieved today in the U.S. Senate. An amendment to the budget resolution for FY 2014 was introduced by bill sponsors Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) and Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.). The amendment passed 75-24, indicating more than enough support to ultimately pass the Senate and avoid a filibuster. The amendment’s passage is a big win for state and local governments that have long championed the legislation. This is also a win for brick-and- mortar business owners throughout the country who currently suffer from a competitive disadvantage.
The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) thanks the bill’s sponsors and the senators who voted in favor of the amendment. Earlier this month, NCSL Executive Director William T. Pound wrote an op-ed in Politico addressing sequestration and the importance of the Marketplace Fairness Act to states. NCSL will continue to advocate vigorously for the Marketplace Fairness Act as it moves through the committee process in the House and Senate.
The Marketplace Fairness Act would allow states to collect sales taxes on remote and online sales. In 2012 alone, it was estimated that states lost out on a collective $23 billion dollars. In light of the federal reductions affecting states, passing the Marketplace Fairness Act is a way for Congress to offset some of these reductions, without spending a penny in federal funds.
NCSL is a bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and staffs of the states, commonwealths and territories. It provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues and is an effective and respected advocate for the interests of the states in the American federal system.
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