• Senate Task Force Hearing on Strengthening Local Retail Meeting in Salem

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    February 26, 2018

    Senate Task Force Hearing on Strengthening Local Retail Meeting in Salem

    A special Senate task force designed to review and report on efforts to strengthen the local retail sector in the Commonwealth has scheduled its next public meeting for Monday, March 5, 2018 from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm at the Turner's Seafood Restaurant, 43 Church Street, Salem, MA 01970.
    The meeting is open to the public and will include an opportunity for public comment.  RAM urges interested members to attend the event and participate in this important conversation by sharing with the task force competitive issues facing your business.  If you have concerns over cost issues created through state mandates including: discriminatory application of the sales tax for local stores vs untaxed online sellers; discriminatory Sunday and holiday time and a half pay requirements for stores; state labor mandates including paid sick leave for part timers; proposals for paid medical and family leave for the very same part timers; a $15 minimum wage when we are one of the very few states without a teen wage and one of only two states with Sunday/holiday premium pay; unequalled small business health insurance costs and new payroll assessments; and other bottom line issues, then this is your opportunity to speak up!  With mobile commerce taking more discretionary consumer dollars, it is time to have a meaningful discussion on whether state public policy is unwittingly driving vital purchases out of state to online sellers. 
    Bad and costly public policy can lead to dark storefronts, and can initiate a small business domino effect which threatens the very future of Main Streets across the Commonwealth.  Please note that the Senate Retail Task Force consists of a mix of elected officials, union leaders, and retail industry representatives, including RAM president Jon Hurst, and various RAM members.  
    Please contact the RAM office if you plan to participate at 617.523.1900 or at info@retailersma.org.
    Thank you. 
    Retailers Association of Massachusetts
    18 Tremont Street
    Suite 810
    Boston, MA 02108 
    United States

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