RELEASE: Small businesses blast Boehner’s ‘Plan B’

For Immediate Release: December 20, 2012

Contact: Joshua Welter, jwelter@mainstreetalliance.org, 206-383-1857

Small businesses blast Boehner’s ‘Plan B’

Washington, DCThe Main Street Alliance, a network of small business owners across the country, released the following statement from Don Orange – owner of Hoesly ECO Auto & Tire in Vancouver, Washington, and a steering committee member of the Main Street Alliance – on Speaker Boehner’s “Plan B” proposal being voted on in the US House tonight:

“Speaker Boehner didn’t seem to learn the lesson of the election.

“Speaker Boehner’s ‘Plan B,’ which shields the wealthy from paying their fair share of taxes while raising taxes on poor and middle class families, will not help small businesses or our economy grow.

“Speaker Boehner may claim to be trying to help small businesses by moving the threshold for ending the Bush Tax Cuts from $250,000 to $1 million. But, in reality only 1 in 33 small business owners earn more than $250,000 in net take-home pay. Those that do include hedge fund managers, partners in corporate law practices, and K Street lobbyists, not the Main Street small businesses who make up the heart of local economies across America.

“At Boehner’s new million dollar threshold, millionaires would still enjoy an average tax cut of $100,000 – more than most people make in a year. At the same time, ‘Plan B’ actually raises taxes on poor and middle class families by letting tax credits lapse for working parents and for families with children in college.

“Small businesses need investments in a strong middle class to strengthen consumer demand, not tax giveaways for the wealthy.”

Here is a short YouTube video of Don Orange speaking about why Congress needs to act on tax fairness.

As negotiations reach a fever pitch, small business owners across the Main Street Alliance network are escalating pressure on Congress to require large corporations and the wealthy to pay their fair share to help fix the economy, and to protect middle class programs like Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid that strengthen the economy and increase consumer demand.

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The Main Street Alliance is a national network of state and locally based small business groups that creates opportunities for Main Street small business owners to speak for themselves on issues that impact their businesses and local economies. www.mainstreetalliance.org 

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