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Wayne Independent - Honesdale, PA
  • Pennsylvania legislators support Federal E-Fairness legislation

  • HARRISBURG-The Pennsylvania State House, with bi-partisan support, passed House Resolution 571 (HR 571), which calls on Congress to pass the Marketplace Fairness Act of 2013, or similar e-fairness legislation.
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  • HARRISBURG-The Pennsylvania State House, with bi-partisan support, passed House Resolution 571 (HR 571), which calls on Congress to pass the Marketplace Fairness Act of 2013, or similar e-fairness legislation.
    HR 571 details the many benefits of the Marketplace Fairness Act including increased retail activity on main street, potential for state tax reductions and more jobs for Pennsylvanians. The resolution was introduced and spearheaded by Rep. Justin Simmons (R-Lehigh/Northampton).
    "The Pennsylvania State House and State Rep. Justin Simmons understand what the Marketplace Fairness Act could mean to Pennsylvania," said Dan Hayward, spokesman for the Alliance for Main Street Fairness.
    "Study after study have shown how this bill will increase jobs on main streets all across the commonwealth and lower taxes for all Pennsylvanians.
    "The Alliance for Main Street Fairness applauds Rep. Simmons for his leadership on this issue and his understanding of what main street retailers go through day in and day out, especially during this crucial holiday retail season."
    While calling on Congress to pass the Marketplace Fairness Act, House Resolution 571 also details two studies that researched the economic benefits of the legislation.
    The most recent study, written by noted economists Art Laffer and Donna Arduin during the summer of 2013, shows that passage of federal e-fairness legislation coupled with pro-growth tax strategies could result in Pennsylvania gaining as many as 43,000 jobs and $15.1 billion in additional GDP growth over the next 10 years.
    "During this holiday retail season, I am happy that our state government is doing everything they can to level the playing field between stores like mine and online-only retailers," said Mike Woodland, owner of Dan's Camera City with locations in Allentown and Easton.
    "I just want to be able to compete for business without one hand tied behind my back. My business creates local jobs and supports the local community.
    "However, each day that passes where my competition can charge less because they don't collect and remit sales tax is another day lost for Pennsylvania retailers. We need Congress to act now."
    Copies of the resolution will be sent to the President, presiding officers of each house of Congress and to each member of the Congressional delegation from Pennsylvania.
    To learn more about the Alliance for Main Street Fairness, visit www.standwithmainstreet.com

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