BTW Articles

06 Mar

Georgia, Arizona Legislatures Consider Economic Nexus and Marketplace Facilitator Laws

The U.S. Supreme Court’s 2018 decision in South Dakota v. Wayfair means states can now legally require out-of-state sellers that conduct a significant amount of business in-state to collect and remit sales tax.

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06 Mar

Advocates for Independent Business Submits Comments to FTC

Members of AIB voiced concern about the recently approved merger between office-supply chain Staples and the wholesale office supply company Essendant.

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27 Feb

Special Edition Episode of “Counterspeak” Features the Open Discussion Project

The episode features audio from the American Booksellers Association’s Winter Institute education session “Bookstores Launch the Open Discussion Project.” 

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20 Feb

Amazon Abandons Plans for Long Island City Headquarters

The incentives package offered by New York City and State to Amazon had been met with significant community resistance, including from independent businesses, unions, and residents. 

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12 Feb

New Episode of “Counterspeak” Features Activist Maggie Mayhem

Mayhem, an advocate for sex workers’ rights and harm reduction, joined ABFE to talk about how well-intentioned laws can impact free speech rights.

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30 Jan

Greenlight Bookstore Responds to Proposed Paid Vacation Legislation With Public Letter

Owners Rebecca Fitting and Jessica Stockton Bagnulo asked the City Council to consider taking actions in support of the city’s small businesses as it addresses paid vacation legislation.

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16 Jan

ABA Asks New York City Council to Include Indie Businesses in Upcoming Amazon HQ2 Hearing

ABA’s letter expresses disappointment that the city’s independent retailers have been excluded from an upcoming Finance Committee hearing on New York’s deal with Amazon.

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09 Jan

Visa and Mastercard Settle Swipe Fee Class-Action Lawsuit

Booksellers may be included in a recent settlement in which the companies have agreed to pay between $5.54 billion and $6.24 billion to a class of more than 12 million retailers.

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09 Jan

NCAC’s Chris Finan, Media Coalition’s David Horowitz Discuss Free Speech on “Counterspeak”

A new episode of Counterspeak, the monthly podcast from the American Booksellers for Free Expression, was released last week. 

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09 Jan

Booksellers Urged to Submit Comments on Amazon HQ2 Deal to New York City Council

The City Council’s Finance Committee will hold a hearing titled “Does the Amazon Deal Deliver for New York City Residents?” on Wednesday, January 30.

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