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Marketplace Fairness Coalition Applauds Sen. Cardin For Introducing Bipartisan Bill To Help Maryland Small Businesses

May 1, 2017


WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Marketplace Fairness Coalition applauded U.S. Senator Cardin (D-MD) for reintroducing the Marketplace Fairness Act (MFA), bipartisan legislation that will level the playing field for brick-and-mortar businesses in Maryland and nationwide. Corresponding bicameral legislation was also reintroduced this week in the U.S. House of Representatives.

"We applaud Senator Cardin's leadership on this important legislation, which will increase jobs and grow businesses in Maryland.

"Thanks to an outdated, pre-internet online sales tax loophole, Main Street businesses in Maryland and across America are struggling to keep their doors open. Meanwhile, communities grappling with budget shortfalls are forced to live with crumbling infrastructure and cannot hire teachers and first responders thanks to the lost revenue resulting from this loophole.

"It's time for Congress to bring our tax system into the 21st Century and pass federal E-Fairness legislation immediately."

According to a study by National Council of State Legislatures (NCSL) and International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), states lose an estimated $26 billion annually to the online sales tax loophole. To learn more about the online sales tax issue in Maryland, click here.

The MFA bill was reintroduced by U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Mike Enzi (R-WY), and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND). Cosponsors include Roy Blunt (R-MO), Benjamin Cardin (D-MD), Susan Collins (R-ME), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Al Franken (D-MN), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Angus King (I-ME), Ed Markey (D-MA), Jack Reed (D-RI), Mike Rounds (R-SD), Mark Warner (D-VA), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI). The legislation passed with strong bipartisan support in 2013.