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Doug Clark
Fly-in is valuable, participants say

Above: Jacqueline and Jesús Capó, Rob Davis, Mitchell Stiles and Matt Schultz at the Capitol in Washington, D.C. It’s called a fly-in, but Home Furnishings Association members traveled to Washington, D.C., by planes, trains and automobiles to meet with key government leaders May 14-15. Subjects discussed included trade, taxes and regulatory matters. The annual visit to the nation’s capital, arranged by government relations firm Dutko GR, gives HFA members the chance to hear from and express concerns to elected representatives and agency officials. The busy agenda featured a series of meetings all day May 14 with executives at the National

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Doug Clark
CPSC’s Feldman calls tip-overs a ‘serious issue’

The subject of furniture tip-overs “is receiving the agency’s highest attention at this time,” Consumer Products Safety Commission member Peter Feldman told industry leaders in Washington, D.C., last week. Feldman, nominated by President Donald Trump and confirmed by the Senate last year, is the newest commissioner on the five-member CPSC. While Feldman said he favors regulating with a “light touch” and eliminating outdated and unnecessary rules, “the stories are heartbreaking” when it comes to children killed and injured by falling dressers. Just days before Feldman spoke to members of the Home Furnishings Association and American Home Furnishings Alliance, the CPSC

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Doug Clark
Partisan politics holds up tax fix

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 hope and cause to worry from Washington insiders last week. The annual Fly-in to the nation’s capital gives participants the chance to meet face-to-face with elected representatives, regulatory agency leaders and key staffers, express concerns and ask questions. The event is held in partnership with the American Home Furnishings Alliance.

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Doug Clark
Home Furnishings Association members talk tariffs in Washington

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 Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. If one goal is to shift furniture production from China to Vietnam or other countries, he added, tariffs will have little effect. “The idea that manufacturing will go somewhere else is not feasible,” he said. Two days of meetings Zigerelli was part of a group representing

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Doug Clark
Senator shares furniture store lessons

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 9 in the mid-1950s. By age 13, he rode on the delivery truck to help carry furniture and appliances into customers’ homes. At 16, “I got to put on a tie and become a salesman.” His father’s favorite saying was, “There’s no such thing as shoppers. They’re all buyers, they

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Doug Clark
Florida fails to update sales-tax collections

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 adjourned this month – leaving behind an opportunity to create marketplace fairness for brick-and-mortar retailers like furniture stores. The Florida failure highlights the need for national legislation to address inconsistent state actions that leave too many brick-and-mortar retailers at a disadvantage against online sellers. Opponents claimed the measure raised taxes

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