Press Release: Main Street Business Doesn't Support Kavanaugh

WASHINGTON, DC – Ahead of the Senate vote on Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court, Amanda Ballantyne, National Director of Main Street Alliance, a national network of small business owners, released the following statement:

“The Senate’s procedural vote today to end debate on Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination takes us one step closer to risking the wellbeing and freedom of millions of people while ignoring the alarming sexual assault allegations against him. The Senate has chosen to neglect its duty to thoroughly weigh all allegations before a final vote on his nomination. The serious allegations made against Judge Kavanaugh, coupled with the belligerent demeanor and untruthfulness he displayed during his testimony, demonstrate unequivocally that he is unfit to serve on the highest court in the land. It’s also clear that if confirmed Kavanaugh will only serve Trump’s larger agenda by promoting policies that benefit large corporations, jeopardizing our Main Street economy, denying millions of families and women access to affordable health care, and allowing President Trump to wield unchecked power.

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Voices from Main Street: We Must Protect People with Pre-Existing Conditions

Health care is deeply important to people across the country. This is no less true for the millions of small business owners who now count on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for themselves, their families, and their employees. And, with insurance markets advantaging big employers over small business, ensuring quality, affordable health care for all is a crucial part of leveling the playing field between large corporations and Main Street.

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MSA Members in Lancaster, PA Meet with Congressional Candidate Jess King

Main Street Alliance members in Lancaster, Pennsylvania met this Tuesday with Jess King, candidate for Congress in Pennsylvania’s 11th District, to discuss the city’s growing small business economy.

The conversation between King and business leaders, held at the gallery space at Realm and Reason on West King Street, covered a wide range of issues facing small businesses in Lancaster, from affordable health care to support for startups and efforts to increase the diversity of small business owners in the community.

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Republican “2.0” Tax Proposal Still Hurts Main Street Businesses and Communities

WASHINGTON, DC – In response to Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady introducing the GOP’s “2.0” tax proposal, Main Street Alliance, a national network of small business owners, released the following statements:

“It is irresponsible for House Republican leaders to push another $2.9 trillion tax cut for the super-rich, jeopardizing Main Street businesses and communities. Provisions meant to win over small business, like a modest deduction for start-up expenses, don’t make up for the rising costs small business owners will have to contend with resulting from the Republican budget cuts.

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MSAMN Gubernatorial Roundtable with Small Business Owners

Main Street Alliance - Minnesota Hosts Gubernatorial Roundtable with Candidates and Small Business Owners

ST PAUL, MN —  Today, 20 Twin Cities small business owners met with gubernatorial candidate Erin Murphy to discuss her views on paid family leave, economic development, and other ideas for growing small businesses in Minnesota.

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Press Release: SCOTUS Janus Decision Hurts Small Businesses, Workers and Our Main Street Economy

Small businesses support a strong role for organized labor in the Main Street economy.

Washington, DC – In response to the Supreme Court decision in Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, Council 31, Amanda Ballantyne, national director of Main Street Alliance released the following statement:

"Unions help level the playing field for working families by allowing workers to join together to negotiate working conditions with their employers. They lift working families out of poverty and helped create a strong middle class. Unionized public sector jobs, in particular, opened opportunities for African Americans and for women of all races. Small businesses rely on the economic stability and spending power of working families in their communities. By weakening the bargaining power of labor unions, and allowing “free riders” to benefit from the union without supporting it’s work, the Supreme Court’s decision in Janus will not just hurt working families, it will also hurt Main Street small businesses.”


Press Release: DOJ Continues Trump Administration’s Sabotage of Health Care for Tens of Millions

The Administration Refuses to Protect People with Preexisting Conditions, Threatening the Health of Main Street Small Businesses Owners, their Employees, and the Vitality of the Small Business Sector

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Press Release: SCOTUS Rules on Masterpiece Cakeshop

SCOTUS Decision: Businesses Open to Public Must be Open to All

Main Street Businesses remain committed to fight for equality

WASHINGTON - Today the U.S. Supreme Court issued a narrow ruling in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. In this case, Masterpiece Cakeshop refused to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex couple, claiming a right to discriminate based on religious belief. The Colorado Civil Rights Commission ruled that this refusal violated Colorado’s public accommodations law. The bakery’s appeal, reached the U.S. Supreme Court

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In House hearing, small business owners respond to the Republican tax law

From coast to coast, small business owners are speaking out about how the GOP tax law hurts them

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CFPB Payday Rule Survives Legislative Threat, Remains Intact For Now

Small business owners urge consumer bureau to preserve and enforce the rule, protect consumers against payday lending debt trap

WASHINGTON, DC - Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolutions—S.J. Res 56 and H.J. Res 122—to repeal the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB or consumer bureau) payday and car title lending rule will not advance in Congress, as their legislative clock expired yesterday. The CFPB rule, finalized in October, establishes basic consumer protections on these 300% or more interest loans, including the common-sense standard that lenders should have to verify a borrower’s ability to repay before making the loan. Consumer and civil rights advocates, including the Main Street Alliance, are urging the consumer bureau to keep intact the rule, which is set to into effect summer 2019, and to fulfill the bureau’s responsibility to enforce the law.

The CRA is a fast-track legislative tool that allows lawmakers to undo federal regulations years in the making without public hearings with a simple majority vote in both the House and Senate. If invoked, the CRA prohibits a federal agency—like the consumer bureau—from rolling out regulations substantially the same as those it reversed. Since neither chamber brought the payday rule resolutions to a vote during the limited time allotted for a CRA challenge, the important rule was not overturned.

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