The State of Washington’s Senate has passed a resolution (SJM 8009) urging Congress to pass the anticipated Main Street Fairness Act. Now the resolution has been passed to the House Ways and Means committee.
We were interested to see the testimony on the issue before the Senate Ways and Means Committee last week. Among those speaking in support of the resolution (and, therefore, the Main Street Fairness Act) was Steve Gano, a lobbyist who testified on behalf of Walmart.
I’m here today in support of this measure [on behalf of] Walmart stores. Walmart is both a brick-and-mortar store and an online presence. We see a constant eroding away from the brick-and-mortar stores as residents continue to shop online. We believe this to be [an issue] of fairness in the sense that [an online] operator . . . automatically has a ten percent, on average, . . . price advantage against a typical brick-and-mortar store [which] will continue to see [their sales] erode . . . .
We would encourage . . . a comprehensive approach that Congress could deal with as opposed to some of the state-by-state approaches that we see many states attempting to do.
You can view Mr. Gano’s entire testimony, as well as that of others, here—Mr. Gano begins at 00:06:53.
The Minnesota legislature is considering a similar resolution (SF 1344).
We’re glad to see states making their support of the Main Street Fairness Act loud and clear, and we hope that more states will adopt these resolutions.