Cities: With Elections Behind Us – It’s Time for Congress to Pass Marketplace Fairness

Washington, DC - Now that the most of the elections are settled, it's time for Congress to get back to work in Washington and focus on taking action on important legislation like Marketplace Fairness that will help strengthen the local economies in our cities and towns.

For too many years, online retailers have enjoyed an unfair advantage over our main street retailers who when it comes to collecting sales taxes. It's time for that to end. It's time to level the playing field between on-line and main street retailers. It's about fairness. It's also about state and local governments being able to collect the $23 billion in lost annual revenues that could be used to support jobs, economic development, public safety, and much needed infrastructure investment in our communities.

"Marketplace Fairness is critical to the economic vitality of our nation's cities and towns," said Clarence Anthony, NLC President and CEO. He continued, "If our nation wants cities and towns that can compete globally and create an environment for economic growth and opportunity, we need Congress to support Marketplace Fairness. "

The National League of Cities (NLC) 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. www.nlc.org