As the executive director of WE R HERE, a coalition of small web-enabled businesses serving customers across the country via the Internet, I recently attended a hearing on Internet sales-tax proposals held by the House Judiciary Committee in Washington.
The good news, for anyone concerned about the efforts of Amazon, Walmart and the Florida Retail Federation to crush their online competition, is that the so-called “Marketplace Fairness Act” has no future in the House of Representatives.
The MFA violates guidelines put out by committee chairman Bob Goodlatte; in particular, it seems clear that the MFA is unfairly burdensome to small online retailers, and obviously would violate the chairman’s notion of “no regulation without representation.”
Now, the only viable conversations are about alternatives to the MFA that will not punish the small online retailers that are driving our economy. I hope that South Florida’s Congressional delegation, particularly Reps. Ted Deutch and Joe Garcia, engage in these conversations in a positive, constructive way and work with Florida’s e-retail community to ensure a reasonable legislative solution.
Phil Bond, Washington, D.C.