NGA Joins Coalition to Oppose Job-Killing Tax Proposals

May 27, 2021

By Robert Yeakel, NGA Director of Government Relations

Yesterday, The National Grocers Association joined over 30 trade associations in announcing the launch of a new coalition to oppose the Biden Administration’s tax increase proposals.

America’s Job Creators for a Strong Recovery is a coalition of associations representing individual and family-owned businesses and corporations that oppose job-killing tax increases as the country looks to move past the COVID-19 pandemic.  Tax increases on America’s job creators would stall the economic recovery rather than fuel it and counteract the economic benefits of smart infrastructure spending.

The coalition is comprised of industry associations that represent Main Street businesses across America – from bakers to insurance brokers, grocers to general contractors – who share the concern that tax hikes proposed by the Biden Administration and Congressional Democrats will jeopardize our economic recovery.

What We’re Saying:

  • “Independent community grocers have worked hard to stay open and safely serve their customers throughout this pandemic,” NGA’s Director of Government Relations Robert Yeakel said. “As an industry that already pays a substantial effective tax rate, these tax hike proposals could have a very real impact on our members’ ability to grow and continue to provide Main Street jobs.”
  • “The record tax hikes that Democrats are seeking to ram through could not come at a worse time for America’s job creators who are just beginning to recover from a crippling pandemic,” National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors CEO Eric Hoplin said. “Employers support smart infrastructure to ensure America’s 21st century competitiveness, but it shouldn’t be used as a trojan horse to enact record high taxes on America’s individually and family-owned businesses.”
  • “The pandemic has taxed individually and family-owned businesses enough–taxing them again while they are still struggling to recover just goes too far,” Main Street Employers Coalition Executive Director Chris Smith said. “These tax hikes would put the path of the recovery at such risk, so we need to make sure the voice of Main Street is heard loud and clear with the people and places that matter most.”

For additional background, please see initial news coverage:

Coalition Members Include:

  • American Hotel and Lodging Association
  • American Rental Association
  • American Supply Association
  • Associated Builders and Contractors
  • Association for Hose and Accessories Distribution (NAHAD)
  • Auto Care Association
  • Brick Industry Association
  • Ceramic Tile Distributors Association
  • Foodservice Equipment Distributors Association (FEDA)
  • Heating, Air-conditioning, & Refrigeration Distributors International (HARDI)
  • Independent Bakers Association
  • Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America
  • Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC)
  • International Dairy Foods Association
  • International Foodservice Distributors Association
  • International Franchise Association
  • Main Street Employers Coalition
  • Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association (MHEDA)
  • National Association of Electrical Distributors
  • National Association of Professional Insurance Agents
  • National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers
  • National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors
  • National Grocers Association
  • National Ready Mixed Concrete Association
  • Petroleum Equipment Institute
  • Security Hardware Distributors Association
  • S-Corp Association
  • Textile Care Allied Trades Association
  • The Fertilizer Institute
  • Truck Renting and Leasing Association
  • WASDA – Water and Sewer Distributors of America
  • Wholesale Florist & Florist Supplier Association
  • Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America

For more information about the coalition and to learn about NGA’s tax advocacy work, please contact Robert Yeakel at