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January 2014 Newsletter

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Seattle City Council will have district elections

By Jan Teague, President/CEO

A story in Crosscut this week highlights challenges with the new district elections since next year the Seattle City Council will have to run in specific districts.  


Senate party control in the balance of election year jockeying

By Mark Johnson, VP Government Affairs


It's fascinating watching the dominos fall as different people decide to retire or other people decide to run for another elected office.  


DelBene seeks e-fairness reform in Congress


March 12, 2014 - Rep. Suzan Delbene (D-Bainbridge Island) testified today in favor of national sales tax reform during an important House Judiciary Committee hearing.


The committee debated the future of the Main Street Fairness Act, which the Senate passed last year to require online sellers to charge the same taxes that traditional brick-and-mortar stores do. The price advantage online sellers have in waiving sales taxes threatens the livelihoods of brick-and-mortar stores, particularly small businesses that make up the vast majority of retail locations across the country.


Click here to watch the video of Delbene’s presentation and testimony.


Delbene told the committee that the tax disparity has resulted in the shopping trend known as “showrooming,” by which shoppers educate themselves with the help of sales staffs in stores, then buy the items elsewhere online where no sales tax is charged.


The roots of the tax disparity are in a 1992 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that required online sellers to collect sales taxes only in states where they maintain a physical presence such as a headquarters, office or warehouse.  WRA maintains that national sales reform would strengthen the economy, improve business prospects for traditional retailers and recover revenues lost to local and state government because of the loophole. 


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