MnRA welcomes Savannah Sepic
The Minnesota Retailers Association is excited to welcome our new government relations manager, Savannah Sepic.
Savannah was born in Rochester, Minnesota but has spent much of her life in Madison, Wisconsin. This past May, Savannah graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire with a double major in political science and advertising.
Savannah recently moved to St. Paul and is already enjoying exploring Minnesota and all it has to offer, including our vibrant retail community.
Savannah served as a legislative intern at the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce where she organized Chippewa Valley Rally, a grassroots member activity similar to MnRA's annual Retail Day at the Capitol. In addition, Savannah researched chamber policies and helped members engage with elected officials.
Following graduation and through the 2018 election, Savannah ran a field office for a political party in Hudson, Wisconsin.
Politics and membership organizations are second nature to Savannah as she grew up accompanying her father--a veteran of the chamber of commerce and association industry--to board meetings.
"I am excited to learn the ins and outs of the association, along with diving into the issues important to our members," said Savannah. "I look forward to meeting everyone and the start of the 2019 legislative session."
Mn Retailers IMPACT fund says candidates are good for Minnesota consumers, retailers, and communities
Today Mn Retailers IMPACT announced the endorsement of these 12 candidates running for the State House of Representatives:
- Tony Albright (55B)
- Sarah Anderson (44A)
- Drew Christensen (56A)
- Kurt Daudt (31A)
- Greg Davids (28B)
- Pat Garofalo (58B)
- Jon Koznick (58A)
- Paul Marquart (4B)
- Jim Nash (47A)
- Marion O’Neill (29B)
- Roz Peterson (56B)
- Chris Swedzinski (16A)
- Nick Zerwas (30A)
“Each endorsed candidate is a champion for Minnesota consumers, retailers, and our communities. They understand what the retail industry offers Minnesota’s economy and appreciate the 788,000 jobs that retailers support across the State,” said Mn Retailers IMPACT treasurer Bruce Nustad.
Mn Retailers IMPACT is funded through personal contributions used to support candidates who appreciate retailer contributions to Minnesota communities.
retailers welcome opportunity to compete on level sales tax playing field
In big news out of Washington, D.C. this morning, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of a level sales tax playing field in South Dakota v. Wayfair. The case centered on a loophole in the law that allowed retailers without a physical presence in the state to avoid collecting and remitting state sales tax.
The Minnesota Retailers Association (MnRA) has long held the position that retail sales should be treated the same--whether in-store or online and regardless of the location of the retailer.
"It appears fairness is on a path to prevailing. Today's decision is a big moment for Minnesota retailers that have argued for sales tax fairness for years and years," said MnRA President Bruce Nustad in reaction to the news. "This is a great step in leveling the playing field and ensuring an online sale has the same tax treatment as an in-store sale."
"This issue has plagued retailers in towns across Minnesota as well across the country for years. Retailers welcome the opportunity to compete for customers on service, convenience and price, without a competitor having an unfair tax advantage," added Nustad.
In 2013 MnRA worked with the Minnesota Legislature and Governor to ensure retailers with a physical presence in Minnesota were collecting sales tax on their online sales, and in anticipation of today's decision the Association last year worked on remote-seller language to cover third-party marketplace transactions beginning July 1, 2019 or when a favorable decision was delivered (as it was today) by the U.S. Supreme Court.
With today's ruling, MnRA will take the next steps of analyzing the decision and continuing to work with our elected officials as well as the Minnesota Department of Revenue.
MnRA thanks the countless number of retailers that have worked on this issue over the years, as well as our legislative partners at the state and federal level.
Read the full decision here.