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Partisan politics holds up tax fix

Doug ClarkMay 21, 2019
Current News,Policy Matters - Government Relations

Photo above: U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) speaks with Eric Blackledge of HFA member Blackledge Furniture on Capitol Hill May 14. An important tax correction continues to pick up bipartisan support on Capitol Hill, but it’s not out of the political swamp yet. Home Furnishings Association members heard reasons to

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Home Furnishings Association members talk tariffs in Washington

Doug ClarkMay 20, 2019
Current News,Policy Matters - Government Relations

Unseasonably cool weather greeted Home Furnishings Association members visiting Washington, D.C., last week, but one topic heated Capitol Hill conversations: Tariffs. “In no scenario does it help our industry to have tariffs,” Larry Zigerelli, president and CEO of FFO Home in Fort Smith, Ark., told a senior aide to Senate

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Senator shares furniture store lessons

Doug ClarkMay 17, 2019
Current News,Policy Matters - Government Relations

Senator Joe Manchin grew up in the retail trade, he told Home Furnishings Association members in Washington, D.C., Wednesday. His grandfather owned a grocery store and his father owned a furniture and carpet store in Farmington, W.Va. The future governor and senator worked at both by the time he was

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Florida fails to update sales-tax collections

Doug ClarkMay 16, 2019
Current News,Policy Matters - Government Relations

It never drew a negative vote in the Florida legislature. But it didn’t advance to a final vote, either. A bill that would require out-of-state, online sellers to collect and turn over sales tax won unanimous support in two Senate committees only to die without further action as the legislature

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Doris Matsui

SOFFA bills reintroduced in Congress

Doug ClarkMay 10, 2019
Current News,Policy Matters - Government Relations

SOFFA returned this week, with bipartisan bills introduced in both the U.S. Senate and House. Reps. Doris Matsui (D-Ca.) and Morgan Griffith (R-Va.) announced today they will sponsor the Safer Occupancy Furniture Flammability Act (SOFFA) “to set a national furniture flammability standard that will reduce the need for harmful flame

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