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Sen. Franken Continues Fight to Protect Minnesota's Retailers from Unfair Online Competition

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Today, U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) announced that he has sponsored legislation that would end the unfair advantage that online-only retailers have over Minnesota's brick-and-mortar retailers.

"I want to do everything I can to make sure main street businesses in communities across Minnesota are strong and vibrant," said Sen. Franken. "Minnesota's retailers support about one in five jobs in our state and bring billions of dollars into our economy, so it's important that our nation's laws allow them to compete with online-only sellers. I support the Marketplace Fairness Act because it makes sure main street is on a fair playing field with online stores."

Sen. Franken has heard from small and large retailers alike who say the Marketplace Fairness Act would level the playing field against online-only retailers by requiring them to collect the sales tax that is currently owed. Last month, Sen. Franken and a bipartisan group of his colleagues successfully included a provision supporting the legislation in the Senate's 2014 budget.

The Marketplace Fairness Act is expected to proceed to the Senate floor next week, and Sen. Franken looks forward to voting to allow it to proceed to a debate.


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