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The Arizona Branch of the Alliance for Main Street Fairness and the Arizona Retailers Association Urge Governor Brewer to End the State's 'Special Treatment' of Amazon.com

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(OPEN):
SMALL-BUSINESS OWNERS ACROSS ARIZONA ARE EXPRESSING DISAPPOINTMENT IN GOVERNOR BREWER'S RECENT COMMENTS THAT SHE DOESN'T THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO END WHAT THEY'RE CALLING "SPECIAL TREATMENT" FOR AMAZON-DOT-COMJIM MAPSTEAD--WHO OWNS ACCURATE SIGNS AND ENGRAVING, IN PHOENIX--SAYS THAT THE ONLINE-RETAILER IS EXPLOITING A "SALES-TAX LOOPHOLE" THAT PUTS THE STATE'S "MAIN STREET"-RETAILERS AT A DISADVANTAGE...

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AS A SMALL-BUSINESS OWNER, I HAVE A HARD TIME UNDERSTANDING WHY THE GOVERNOR DOESN'T THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO CLOSE A SALES-TAX LOOPHOLE THAT'S BOTH HURTING MY BUSINESS, AND PUTTING ME AT A COMPETITIVE-DISADVANTAGE.  I DON'T WANT A HANDOUT, OR SOME SORT OF A BAILOUT.  ALL I WANT IS A LEVEL PLAYING-FIELD, ON WHICH TO COMPETE--NOTHING MORE."

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MEMBERS OF THE ALLIANCE FOR MAIN STREET FAIRNESS IN ARIZONA--AND THE ARIZONA RETAILERS ASSOCIATION--ARE CALLING ON GOVERNOR BREWER TO "GET OFF THE BENCH" AND PROVIDE LEADERSHIP ON WHAT THEY BELIEVE IS A CRITICAL ISSUE...

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INACTION BY GOVERNOR BREWER AND THE LEGISLATURE WILL ENSURE THAT ONE OUT-OF-STATE COMPANY SUCCEEDS--WHILE THOUSANDS OF ARIZONA-BUSINESSES ARE PUT AT RISK OF FAILURE.  GOVERNOR BREWER NEEDS TO STOP PICKING WINNERS AND LOSERS WITH THE TAX-CODES."

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TO LEARN MORE, VISIT "STAND-WITH-MAIN-STREET"-DOT-COM.



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