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Tax swap in Texas riles HFA members

Doug ClarkApr 12, 2019
Current News,Policy Matters - Government Relations

Some Home Furnishings Association members in Texas aren’t happy about a proposed tax swap that one retailer compared to “playing games.” Gov. Greg Abbott, joined by Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and House Speaker Dennis Bonnen (pictured above), unveiled a plan April 10 to raise the statewide sales tax from 6.25


Exclusive Furniture

Better late than never: Exclusive Furniture opens long-awaited Webster store

The HFA TeamApr 12, 2019
Current News

It took a little longer than expected – about nine months longer – but Home Furnishings Association member Exclusive Furniture opened its seventh Houston-area store this spring.  The opening in Webster, Texas, a bedroom town 28 miles southeast of Houston, continues Exclusive owner Sam Zavary’s push for saturating the Houston market with 11 Exclsuive showrooms while also unifying the brand’s at-times


Jordan's Furniture Employees With Lottery Check

Jordan’s Furniture employees share $1 million Powerball prize

The HFA TeamApr 11, 2019

For years, the “J-Team” – a group of coworkers at Home Furnishings Association member Jordan’s Furniture in Nashua , N.H., –  went through the same routine: Everyone kicked in $2 and the group bought a fistful of Powerball lottery tickets at a convenience store across the street from their store. Then, after missing out on a big prize,


CPSC prodded to take stronger action on furniture safety

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

A divided Consumer Products Safety Commission was given a hard push this week to take stronger action against furniture tip-overs. “I’ve been really disappointed at the speed at which we’ve seen these dangerous products taken off the market,” U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) said Tuesday during a CPSC oversight hearing


Roman Columns on Government Building

Bill would give online sellers and purchasers a $10 million sales-tax break

Doug ClarkApr 9, 2019
Policy Matters - Government Relations

A veteran congressman again has introduced legislation to curtail online sales-tax collections by states.  TheOnline Sales Simplicity and Small Business Relief Act was filed March 27 by 21-term U.S. Rep. James Sensenbrenner Jr. (R-Wis.) and several co-sponsors. A similar measure failed to advance in the previous Congress.  The bill proposes to


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