Laundry Industry Advocacy
CLA Serves and Protects the Laundry Business
One of the core benefits of a CLA membership is having the assurance that your business – and your industry – is being well represented and protected.
The CLA, along with its legislative partner MultiState Associates, monitor local, state and national issues that could affect your self-service laundry. Issues like sales tax exemptions and currency changes are closely monitored on behalf of CLA members and the self-service laundry industry.
CLA Supports Laundry Owners
There have been many media inquiries with the CLA regarding the coin shortage situation in the country. Laundry owners have discovered creative ways to overcome the challenges this has caused, and CLA members have been reporting that they have been connecting and working with their peers to help each other. We continue to have regular direct communication with the US Coin Task Force. It has been reported to the CLA that distribution of coins has loosened between the Federal Reserve and the banks, so more circulation of coins may be expected. A survey was sent earlier this week to laundry owners to gauge their experience with the availability of coins.
Garment Care Labels
The FTC (Federal Trade Commission) is considering removing the requirement for garments to have care labels. Brian has a call with the commissioner of the FTC regarding this situation. The CLA feels that this move risks damage to clothing and textiles which could place the burden of liability on laundry owners if clothes are cleaned incorrectly.
The issue of Coin Composition Legislation is back. The CLA has been able to speak to three of the four sponsors of this potential bill. Historically, a hard-fought case against eliminating the US Quarter has been won. But, the discussion of a replacement currency is back on the table. Currently, our position is and has been that new currency for a quarter of a dollar must retain the size and function of the quarters currently in circulation to prevent the need for retooling equipment which operates using quarters. We are keeping a close eye on this proposed legislation.
CLA’s top legislative priority has been to protect the exemption from sales tax enjoyed by the self-service laundry industry in most states. CLA has helped laundry owners save thousands of dollars each year by making legislators understand why laundries should remain exempt. Join us in our efforts to protect your business.
We feel that 2021 will be a roller-coaster ride regarding sales tax on services as states reevaluate their budgets. There may be repeals on the exemption of sales tax on self-service laundry. The Coin Laundry Association is dedicated to helping laundry owners and their patrons remain exempt from this tax, so being a CLA member is certainly an important way to help us in our advocacy efforts.Join the CLA Today!
The Coin Laundry Association has partnered with MultiState Associates, the nation’s leading government relations company, to monitor legislation in all 50 states affecting the laundry industry. Sign up for this tool to search for bills by topics, local area and much more.
ACI Laundry Safety
The CLA and the American Cleaning Institute® (ACI) have partnered to promote laundry safety in laundromats around the country and we need your help in promoting safety messages by sharing information with your customers.