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Play Ball! Main Street Support Makes Little League Possible

Small Business Owners Contribute To Little League, Local Charities

April 10, 2012

Washington, D.C. – As baseball season gets underway, Alliance for Main Street Fairness (AMSF) members are celebrating America’s national pastime by contributing to Little League programs in their local communities. Little League teams across the country receive donated jerseys, sports equipment and much-needed financial support from America’s Main Street retailers.

But today, local, brick-and-mortar employers operate at a significant competitive disadvantage as they are required to collect the sales tax at the point of purchase, while Internet retailers exploit a loophole and avoid collection passing the burden to unknowing consumers.

“As a member of the business community, I do whatever I can to support local Little League teams and booster clubs,” said Stephen Furhman, owner of A Cleaner Place in Oklahoma City, OK. “I want to see our delegation, namely Senators Coburn and Inhofe supporting a federal solution to this problem. It is small businesses like mine that support our local communities, not online-only retailers.”

“We have supported our local community for years, and have invested in our children by supporting extracurricular activities like the Wapokenta Little League,” said J.P. Metz, owner of Dad’s Toy Shop in Wapokenta, OH. “I am calling on our Members of Congress to support e-fairness, and stand with Main Street.”

“I am personally active in my local community, and Music Makers donates instruments to our local schools and support events like the Austin High School Battle of the Bands,” said Luke Cutchen of Music Makers in Austin, TX. “Big, online-only retailers don’t support the community nor do they seem to care. They want to grab the money and run, and we need to do something about that.”

Click here to watch a member our South Carolina Main Street Leadership Council talk about his contributions to Little League.

When was the last time you saw a Little League team sponsored by an online-only retailer? In addition to supplying jobs, goods and services, America’s brick-and-mortar businesses give back in terms of hometown philanthropy, something that’s noticeably lacking among out-of-state, Internet retailers.

Unlike online-only “mega retailers,” local businesses do their part to help enrich their communities. It’s time to end the unfair tax loophole that favors these out-of-state, online giants over our local, brick-and-mortar businesses. Just like our favorite baseball teams and players, small businesses need a level playing field in order to compete fairly.