National Sporting Goods Association (NSGA) members and staff once again descended on Capitol Hill April 13 for a fly-in day to garner support for legislation that would provide sales tax fairness and encourage fitness-related activity. The second annual NSGA Hill Day saw an increase in participation and in meetings, leading to an even wider reach.
A group more than double the size of the first fly-in day in 2015, including retailer and team dealer members as well as NSGA staff, participated in 24 meetings. Along with NSGA’s lobbying partners from Lobbyit.com, the group met to push support of H.R. 2775, the Remote Transactions Parity Act (RTPA), and H.R. 1218, the Personal Health Investment Today Act (PHIT). The Remote Transactions Parity Act (RTPA) or a similar measure would level the playing field so that local merchants with brick-and-mortar stores would be able to compete with out of state online sellers. The unfair sales tax advantage held by online-only sellers is driving traditional retailers of all sizes out of the marketplace. Passage of PHIT would contribute to the health of our nation by building generations of fit Americans, thus relieving some of the burden on our healthcare system.