State Senate Republicans to New York’s Main Street: Amazon is more important than you!

ALBANY, NY – Retail Council of New York State President and CEO Ted Potrikus today issued the following statement after state Senate Republicans rejected Governor Andrew Cuomo’s plan that would have given New York’s retailers an equal sales tax footing with billion-dollar dot-coms and other out-of-state competitors:

“State Senate Republicans caved to the clichéd histrionics and whining of out-of-state dot-coms worth billions of dollars and ignored the very real concerns of brick-and-mortar stores struggling in their own districts. The Senate Republican Conference made its position clear: they’d rather have cardboard boxes on their doorsteps sent from out-of-state merchants than level the sales tax playing field for the stores in their districts that – today, at least – employ so many New Yorkers. So the next time they call us to ask why this-or-that store closed in their district or why they can’t attract stores to their dwindling downtowns, we’ll remind them of their vote today.”

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