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
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 SectorRead more
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 CourtRead more
From coast to coast, small business owners are speaking out about how the GOP tax law hurts them
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.Read more
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 9, 2018
ASBC Contact: Bob Keener, 617-610-6766, email@example.com
Engine Contact: Evan Engstrom, 415-570-4455, firstname.lastname@example.org
Main Street Alliance Contact: Angela Simaan, email@example.com
Small Business Majority Contact: Simon Brown, 202-535-3229, firstname.lastname@example.org
Washington, DC – In advance of today’s expected U.S. Senate discharge petition to reverse the Federal Communications Commission’s repeal of net neutrality protections, businesses and business groups released statements supporting net neutrality and the action by Senators Markey and Schumer.