MSA Recommendations for State Health Exchanges

As states across the country take steps to move forward with health reform, the Main Street Alliance released an updated set of small business recommendations for the design and governance of new competitive marketplaces for health insurance, called health insurance exchanges. The recommendations aim to ensure that the exchanges maximize benefits for participating small businesses and avoid conflicts of interest.

Click here to download the recommendations

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

For Immediate Release: December 20, 2012

Contact: Joshua Welter,, 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.


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. 

Small Business Statement on Corporate Tax Reform

Listen to Main Street Video and Petition: End the Extra Bush Tax Cuts for the Top 2 Percent

Watch the Listen to Main Street video with Don Orange, an auto shop owner in Washington State:

If you agree with Don, here are 3 things you can do:

1. Read and sign the petition (scroll down or click here).
2. Share the video on Facebook and Twitter - hit the share button in the top right corner of the video and use these hashtags: #listen2mainstreet #smallbiz #my2k
3. Help spread the word by sharing this page with your email networks:

As Don says, it's time to make America right.

Straight Talk on Taxes: The Bush Tax Cuts and Small Business

As the negotiations over the Bush tax cuts for the richest 2 percent continue, claims about the impact on small businesses of ending or extending these upper income tax cuts are widespread. How will ending, extending, or changing the threshold on the breaks for the wealthiest Americans actually impact small businesses?

The Main Street Alliance has produced a new fact sheet in its "Straight Talk" series to answer this question:
Straight Talk on Taxes: The Bush Tax Cuts and Small Business 

It's Time to Listen to Main Street

Have you ever felt like the good name of small business was getting used to advance a special interest agenda? Brian McGregor has. Brian, owner of the Silver Dollar Saloon in Butte, Montana, wrote in an op-ed in The Hill a few days ago:

Here’s a riddle: a hedge fund manager, a high-powered lobbyist, and a big shot lawyer walk into a bar. There’s one real small business owner in the lot. Which one? Answer: the guy who’s pouring the drinks – me.

Brian went on to talk about why, as a genuine small business owner, he’s for ending the extra Bush tax cuts for the richest 2 percent of Americans, protecting middle class programs like Social Security, Medicaid, and Medicare, and making sure big corporations pay their fair share of taxes.

That’s what the Main Street Alliance is standing for in the lame duck session of Congress. Will you stand with us? Click here to read and sign our “Listen to Main Street” small business statement to Congress.

Wall Street CEOs are lobbying hard for their agenda – lower tax rates for the wealthy and a permanent tax holiday on off-shore profits for multi-national corporations, paid for by cuts to Social Security, Medicaid, and Medicare. That is not a pro-small business agenda.

We need to make sure Congress listens to Main Street, not Wall Street. Click here to read and sign the statement.

Listen to Main Street Sign-on Statement

Maine Small Business Owner Challenges Big Political Spending by U.S. Chamber

Melanie Collins, a small business leader with the Maine Small Business Coalition, traveled to Washington, DC on October 19 to speak at a press conference outside the headquarters of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce challenging the Chamber's secret spending in the 2012 elections. Marking the U.S. Chamber's 100th birthday, Collins joined with organizations representing people across the country to deliver a simple message: The U.S. Chamber doesn't represent small business.

"Secrecy is at the heart of the Chamber's sales pitch," said Collins. "When I want to make my voice heard, I stand up and speak. I use my name. I think the Chamber's big donors should, too."

Collins added, "The most offensive part of all this special interest political spending is that they do it under the name of the small business owner. I call that small business identity theft. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce doesn't speak for small businesses, and they don't speak for me."

The U.S. Chamber has already spent more than $1.3 on outside spending funding political advertisements in Maine's Senate race. Although many local chambers of commerce in Maine distanced themselves from the U.S. Chamber's initial ad buys, the Chamber continues to attack candidates for U.S. Senate in Maine under the guise of speaking for Maine small businesses. A week ago, the Chamber bought another $500,000 in ad time.

"When outside groups and big corporations like Anthem spend money to try to buy elections in Maine, small business owners from all across the state lose out," said Collins.

Poll: Small Business Owners Say Big Businesses, Millionaires Not Paying Fair Share of Taxes

Small business owners see corporate tax loopholes and accounting gimmicks used to shift U.S. profits offshore to avoid taxes as serious problems, according to independent nationwide opinion polling released on February 6. Small business owners say big corporations and the wealthy don’t pay their fair share of taxes. They support increasing taxes on millionaire incomes, allowing high-end tax cuts to expire, and closing the carried interest loophole that gives big tax breaks to hedge fund managers.

These are among the key findings of a scientific nationwide survey of small business owners commissioned by the American Sustainable Business Council, Main Street Alliance and Small Business Majority.

Click here to read the report.

Click here to read the press release about the report.

Small Business Owners: Take Action to Support Ending Special Tax Cuts for the Top 2 Percent

Small business owners need to make our voices heard in the unfolding debate over ending the special Bush tax cuts for the top 2 percent. The name of small business is being used by special interest groups to protect extra tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans. Real small business owners can't let this identity theft - stealing our good name to advance a special interest agenda - go unchallenged.

Click here to read and sign onto our small business statement on ending the special Bush tax cuts for the top 2 percent. 


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