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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
Fifteen years ago I had a comfortable life and what most would describe as a great job, working for the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. But I felt a pull to follow my dream of running my own business on the Maine coast, especially during those long, muggy summer nights in the capital.
In the years since we’ve made our home and family here, in many ways my dream has come true. We own and operate a bed and breakfast a few blocks from the water, just how I pictured things. As idyllic as that sounds, reality persists enough to keep me in the waking world. One harsh bit of reality conveniently absent in my dreams back in Washington was the difficulty small business owners have finding quality, affordable health care for themselves and their family.Read more
Bryce Covert’s Aug 13, 2018 piece reminded me about an employee and his wife who recently were expecting twins. New Jersey’s Family Leave Insurance Program allowed him to get the time he needed to support his wife and bond with his twins. We made adjustments; he got paid time with his family; and he’s still a vital part of my business.Read more
Recently, Senator Ron Wyden published this OpEd in USA Today: Trump's capital gains tax idea is handout to the rich, broken promise to workers
Sen. Wyden demonstrates how little Trump’s proposed capital gains tax will benefit the majority of people living in our country. Instead of growing the Main Street economy, Trump’s plan will only further line the pockets of CEOs and the wealthiest one percent and siphon from essential programs like affordable healthcare, Medicaid, food assistance, and Social Security.Read more
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.
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.”
The time for business as usual is over.
On Tuesday, June 19, amid national uproar over his immigration policies, President Trump joined the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), a big lobby purporting to represent small business, for a polite lunch and opportunity to tout his “zero tolerance” against people seeking asylum. The NFIB audience members applauded eagerly as Trump doubled down on his bid to hold immigrant families hostage to his divisive agenda.
But real Main Street small business owners are not clapping. We are appalled.Read more