Today, U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) and a bipartisan group of Senators succeeded in passing an amendment to the Senate's 2014 budget blueprint that shows strong support for ending the unfair advantage online-only retailers have over Minnesota's brick-and-mortar stores.
Yesterday, Sen. Franken took to the Senate floor to urge his colleagues to prioritize the Marketplace Fairness Act. He is a cosponsor of the Act.
"I'm very pleased that my colleagues from both sides of the aisle agree that we need to end the unfair advantage online-only retailers have over brick-and-mortar-stores in Minnesota and across the country," Sen. Franken said. "In Minnesota, the retail industry includes nearly half a million workers - about one in five jobs in the state. And those retailers need to compete on price - and on service - every single day. But the current sales tax system makes it impossible for them to compete. The passage of this amendment is a good step toward putting an end to this unfair practice."
Sen. Franken has heard from small and large retailers alike who say the bill would level the playing field against online-only retailers, which are not currently required to collect the sales tax currently owed. He has also heard from community leaders who say that these increased sales would result in much-needed tax revenue for critical projects.