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WASHINGTON — The National League of Cities (NLC) thanks the Senate for overwhelmingly passing the Marketplace Fairness Act today with a vote of 69-27 in favor of the legislation. NLC particularly acknowledges the dedicated efforts of Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Mike Enzi (R-WY) for their leadership and support on seeing this legislation through to a final vote.
The Marketplace Fairness Act allows state and local governments to require online retailers to collect sales taxes. It does not create any new tax or increase any existing tax; it simply provides for the enforcement of state and local governments' authority and levels the playing field between Main Street and online retailers.
“We applaud each and every Senator who voted in favor of this commonsense piece of legislation today. These Senators sent a message to Main Street businesses around the country that they will support them and fight for their interests,” NLC President Marie Lopez Rogers, mayor, Avondale, AZ said. “Today’s Senate vote brings this critical bill one step closer to being signed into law and providing the equity and fairness our local retailers deserve.”
This legislation is especially critical to local governments who have yet to see a full economic recovery for their communities and have had to cut back essential services, layoff or furlough key staff, or reduce infrastructure investment to close budget deficits. The bill will help ensure that local leaders can continue making key investments in their communities that will help accelerate local recovery efforts.
“The Marketplace Fairness Act supports our Main Street retailers who are the backbone of our communities. These retailers contribute to our local economy and supply local jobs to our cities and towns, and they need a level playing field to compete,” said NLC First Vice President Chris Coleman, mayor, St. Paul, MN. “Being able to collect sales taxes that are already owed on these kind of purchases means more resources for basic services in our cities. We thank the Senators today for supporting Main Streets and local communities across America.”
The National League of Cities is dedicated to helping city leaders build better communities. NLC is a resource and advocate for 19,000 cities, towns and villages, representing more than 218 million Americans.