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2 211420-1
3 By Senator Waggoner
4 RFD:
5 First Read: 09-MAR-21
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8 RECOGNIZING ALABAMA'S RETAIL SECTOR AND ITS CRITICAL
9 CONTRIBUTION TO ALABAMA'S ECONOMY.
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11 WHEREAS, the men and women of Alabama's retail
12 sector, whose work and services rendered are second to none,
13 are at the very core of Alabama's prosperity; and
14 WHEREAS, sensible public policies have empowered
15 Alabama's retail sector to do what it does best: innovate,
16 create, and succeed; and
17 WHEREAS, Alabama retailers sell quality produce
18 grown in Alabama and the world-class goods made in Alabama, as
19 well as those produced and made throughout the world; and
20 WHEREAS, as Alabama recovers from an unprecedented
21 pandemic, our retail sector has been resilient, secure, and
22 strong; and
23 WHEREAS, Alabama retailers employ more than 400,000
24 of our fellow citizens, or one of every four employed in the
25 private sector, thus making Alabama retail the state's largest
26 employer; and
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1 WHEREAS, retail, food, and beverage establishments
2 account for more than $19 billion, or nine percent of
3 Alabama's gross domestic product, placing retail in the
4 state's top five highest-producing industries; and
5 WHEREAS, payroll at Alabama's retail, food, and
6 beverage establishments exceeds $9.2 billion; and
7 WHEREAS, Alabama's retail sales, which exceed $90
8 billion annually, account for 1.5 percent of all retail sales
9 nationally; and
10 WHEREAS, in 2020, Alabama retailers collected $3
11 billion in sales tax that goes to fund education and essential
12 programs for the State of Alabama; and
13 WHEREAS, Alabama retailers also supply property
14 taxes to the State of Alabama, which funds essential programs;
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16 WHEREAS, Alabama retail has been an integral part of
17 ongoing efforts to defeat the coronavirus; and
18 WHEREAS, Alabama retailers and food industry
19 preserved, innovated, and completely reworked their business
20 plans to faithfully serve their customers, keep their
21 employees safe, and contribute to their communities during
22 these unprecedented times; and
23 WHEREAS, Alabama retail worked tirelessly through
24 storms, a pandemic, and natural disasters over the past year
25 to provide the services and products that its customers
26 needed; and
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1 WHEREAS, Alabama retail made cloth masks, converted
2 breweries into hand sanitizer facilities, provided meals to
3 first responders and emergency personnel, and donated food and
4 essential supplies to nonprofits to help our fellow citizens
5 in need; now therefore,
6 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF ALABAMA, BOTH
7 HOUSES THEREOF CONCURRING, That we commend the hardworking men
8 and women of Alabama's retail sector and support their
9 continued work and prosperity today for our state and for
10 Alabama's future generations; we urge our fellow citizens to
11 thank their local retailers for their steadfast service to
12 their customers.
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