Lobby Day | Fall Forum 2013



State Legislators Head to Capitol Hill in Support of Fiscal Fairness

WASHINGTON, D.C.—State legislators from across the country will head to Capitol Hill Wednesday to meet with members of the U.S. House of Representatives regarding two major points of fiscal fairness: the Marketplace Fairness Act and the state of the federal budget.

In meetings organized by the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), lawmakers from 41 states plan to urge Congress to pass the Marketplace Fairness Act, which would allow states to require remote retailers to collect and remit state sales taxes, leveling the playing field for the small businesses that keep Americans employed in towns and cities throughout all 50 states.

The state delegations also plan to address October's budget impasse, relaying a simple message from Main Street: When Washington fails to act, real people in real communities suffer the consequences.

"Whether we’re talking about schools buying textbooks or state troopers keeping our highways safe, states need to know that Congress will act with the interests of everyday Americans in mind," said Utah Senate President Pro Tem and NCSL Vice President Curt Bramble.

In addition to putting a face to the real-world consequences of the government shutdown, the delegates hope to come away with a guarantee of long-term fiscal continuity—both to avoid uncertainty at home and to ease the burden of deficit reduction placed on the states.

"Economic conditions already have states making unprecedented cuts,” explained Nevada Senator Debbie Smith, chairwoman of the Nevada Senate Finance Committee and NCSL president-elect. “The last thing state legislators need is another obstacle as we work to maintain a balanced budget.”

NCSL's Fall Forum, taking place Dec. 4-6, is an annual conference that brings state lawmakers to Washington in support of legislation that helps state governments better serve their constituencies.

State legislators will be available for comment at 5 p.m. Wednesday in room SD-G50 of the Senate Dirksen Office Building.

NCSL is the bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and staff 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.