Alliance For Main Street Fairness Praises Pat Quinn

Mar 10, 2011, 15:15 ET from Alliance for Main Street Fairness

Illinois Governor Has Leveled The Playing Field For Small Business

WASHINGTON, March 10, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Alliance for Main Street Fairness (AMSF) today released the following statement in response to Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signing HB 3659, legislation which will close the loophole that allows online-only retailers to avoid collecting the state sales tax in Illinois, placing the burden on consumers and severely hurting the state's small businesses in the process.

"Governor Quinn stood up for Main Street today as he took a decisive step toward leveling the playing field between Illinois small businesses and online-only retailers," said Danny Diaz.  "In Illinois, small business retailers are the backbone of the state's economy and are vital components of the community, and they have been operating at a significant disadvantage as online-only retailers have exploited a decades-old loophole to gain an unfair and artificial advantage in the marketplace.  By signing HB 3659, Quinn ensures that all businesses will compete on the same playing field, collecting the sales tax at the point of purchase whether they operate on the Internet or in Illinois' communities."

BACKGROUND:

Number Of Jobs The Retail Industry Provides In Illinois As Of December 2010: 593,900. (Website, Bureau Of Labor Statistics, Accessed 3/10/11)  

Illinois' Retail Sales Totaled $157,961,332,080 In 2009. (Website, U.S. Census Bureau, Accessed 3/10/11)

SOURCE Alliance for Main Street Fairness