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NRF Writes Obama Ahead of State of the Union

January 12, 2012
President Obama is set to deliver the State of the Union address on Jan. 24, and the National Retail Federation has some ideas for what he should talk about.

In a letter sent to the president this week, NRF president and CEO Matthew Shay and NRF chairman Terry Lundgren ask Obama to advocate for policies that will help the retail industry grow and create jobs.

"America's retailers want to continue growing our economy, but to do that we need Washington to embrace common-sense economic policy, remove barriers to job creation, and do so without asking for more tax dollars to foot the bill," Shay and Lundgren write.

The NRF's top priorities include requiring online sales tax be collected, lowering corporate tax rates and pursuing more free trade. The letter also calls on the administration to address a neglected infrastructure system, credit card swipe fees that it says lead to higher prices, the health insurance mandate that it says will cost jobs, and the visa program so more tourists can come to the United States.

"Congress is well aware of these issues, but as is so often the case in Washington, it takes the power of the presidency to turn a good idea into law," the letter says.

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