Public Policy And Issues
JA sets agenda for Washington lobbying
New York--The Jewelers of America Political Action Committee (JAPAC) has set a legislative and fundraising agenda in preparation for the 2012 elections in November.
In June, JAPAC board members and JA leaders will travel to Washington, D.C., to attend meetings and meet with legislators, including members of Congressional committees with jurisdiction over issues of importance to the jewelry industry.
This is the second annual trip JAPAC is making to Capitol Hill, and the committee will again ask representatives to stand up for jewelers on issues including sales tax fairness and protection of LIFO (last-in, first-out accounting method).
“Lawmakers have the power to either help or hurt jewelers’ businesses with the decisions they make,” Matthew Runci, president and CEO of JA, said. “That’s why jewelers need to be at the table, telling their stories and influencing those decisions.”
The JAPAC board is charged with generating support for the PAC and has set up an online platform on JA’s website to enable JA members to contribute to the PAC online.