Press Releases

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Attacking Health Care is just one more Attack on Small Businesses during a major Health Crisis

On the latest briefing filed by the Trump Administration in the Texas vs US lawsuit that is attempting to nullify the Affordable Care Act, Main Street Alliance Executive Director Amanda Ballantyne had this to say:

Not even a global pandemic that has infected more than a million Americans will deter the Trump Administration from its goal of gutting the Affordable Care Act and throwing millions of people off of affordable health insurance. This Administration’s relentless effort to undo the ACA appears to have more to do with ideology than pragmatism; the ACA has helped small business owners and individuals access affordable care and destroying the program would leave millions of people in desperate circumstances. We need to make healthcare more universally available and accessible to everyone in our country right now, not less. 

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Trump Administration must release PPP Data Immediately

On the Trump administration’s decision not to release the the SBA loan data, Executive Director of the Main Street Alliance Amanda Ballantyne had this to say:

“Without transparency as to which businesses received the taxpayer funded Paycheck Protection Program, it will be impossible to assess whether the program actually achieved its goals of helping small businesses and maintaining employment during the COVID crisis. It is ridiculous that the Trump Administration would withhold this information and suggests the possibility that they have something to hide.  Bureau of Labor Statistics data has shown that Latinx and Black small business owners have shuttered at 1.5 times and double the rate respectively, compared to overall small businesses, which suggests that federal relief programs are not flowing equitably. Without data on the PPP loan program, we risk not identifying major gaps, and continuing to exacerbate wealth inequality in the country.

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Small Biz Applaud MN Court Decision on Paid Sick Days

Main Street Alliance of Minnesota member businesses applaud the Minnesota Supreme Court in upholding Minneapolis’ Paid Sick and Safe Time Ordinance. 

While the suit and appeal was brought by the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce last year, in fact even before the pandemic a majority of small businesses supported paid sick days. A 2017 Main Street Alliance survey of nearly 1,800 small business owners in 17 states found that 64% of respondents supported a nation-wide paid sick days minimum standard like the Healthy Families Act. This increased to 73% when just looking at women small business owners and business owners of color.  

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Senate Passes PPP Fixes - must become law, but need longer term program

Small businesses need all these adjustments, but there are still multiple gaps, including data collection and money for PPE

On the passage of the PPP Flexibility Act in the Senate last night, Executive Director of the Main Street Alliance Amanda Ballantyne has this to say:

“The Paycheck Protection Flexibility Act is a first step in addressing the design flaws of the PPP and must immediately go to the President’s desk to become law, however, additional support is necessary to address the ongoing crisis millions of small business owners are still facing.

As protests continue across the nation, we cannot ignore that the PPP is another government program that has continued to expand racial wealth inequality with new data showing that Latinx and Black small businesses have closed at 1.5 times and double the rate respectively, compared to overall small businesses. The PPP fixes are necessary, but still fail to address the continued crisis of access to funding for these small businesses. 

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Main Street Alliance stands in Solidarity with the Black Community of Minneapolis

Main Street Alliance condemns the murder of George Floyd at the hands of four Minneapolis Police Department officers. We stand in solidarity with those demanding justice for Mr. Floyd, his family, and for all who have suffered discrimination, targeting, injury and death because of white supremacy and police brutality. 

As our nation mourns the loss of yet another Black life, we call on white people everywhere, particularly our small business owners who hold social and economic capital in their communities, to wake up, speak up, and stand up to the hate and bigotry that has been excused by many, encouraged by some, or even celebrated by the dangerous right wing – all the way up to the President, Donald Trump. As we stand in the midst of a pandemic that is disproportionately claiming Black lives, we must reckon with how deep our structural and institutionalized racism runs. Our public policies must change. 

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PPP changes pass House as small businesses hit first loan deadlines

Small businesses need all these adjustments, but there are still multiple gaps, including data collection

On the passage of the Paycheck Protection Flexibility Act in House today, Executive Director of the Main Street Alliance Amanda Ballantyne has this to say:

“The Paycheck Protection Flexibility Act is a first step in addressing the design flaws of the PPP, however additional improvements are necessary to address the ongoing crisis millions of small business owners are still facing. New data shows that Latinx and Black small businesses have closed at 1.5 times and double the rate respectively, compared to overall small businesses, and these changes still fail to address the continued crisis of access to funding for these small businesses. 

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$10 Billion Set Aside for CDFIs to Target Micro and Minority Owned Small Businesses

On the announcement that $10 Billion of PPP Loan dollars will be set aside for CDFIs today, Executive Director of the Main Street Alliance, Amanda Ballantyne had this to say:

“We applaud the Treasury Department for delineating specific dollars for Community Development Financial Institutions, as separate from small banks in the PPP program. CDFIs are important financial institutions for many of our nation’s smallest businesses, and many target small businesses that have been left behind by the program such as minority-owned, women-owned, veteran and disability-owned businesses.

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Representative Jayapal on why the Paycheck Recovery Act works both for workers and Small businesses

Speaking directly with Main Street Alliance small business members last Thursday, Representative Jayapal laid out both what already exists in relief packages for small businesses as well as what she and her progressive caucus colleagues are pushing for to include in upcoming packages.

From challenges accessing PPP loans to adapting to a pandemic resilience business strategy, Rep. Jayapal went into details of her recently introduced Paycheck Receovery Act, what it would mean for small businesses, and why it's key to addressing the scope and scale of the crisis.

Watch the full remarks.

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Multiple Senate Bills Introduced to Support Small Business, but need to move faster

We will need all these fixes and other programs to fill gaps to support the economy

On the introduction of the Paycheck Security Act and many bipartisan Paycheck Protection Program fixes yesterday, Executive Director of the Main Street Alliance Amanda Ballantyne had this to say:

“It is frustrating to see the delay on critical and necessary changes to the flawed Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) that will make the program more functional for small business owners who have received PPP loans. With many bills introduced yesterday working to fix different areas of the program, offices and committees must work together to provide relief from all angles. 

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Small Biz Oppose Corporate Immunity Push

Main Street Alliance sent a letter to Congressional leaders last week warning them of the danger to small businesses by pushing forward corporate immunity, a long time goal of large corporations looking to undo decades of worker and consumer protections.

Download a PDF of the Full Letter:

Dear Leader McConnell, Leader Schumer, Speaker Pelosi, and Leader McCarthy:

Main Street Alliance is a national network of 30,000 small business owners. We are writing to express our deep opposition to the creation of corporate immunity for irresponsible businesses that expose customers and workers to coronavirus. Corporate immunity is unnecessary to protect small business owners, as state law already protects responsible business owners who act reasonably. Moreover, creating this type of blanket immunity from lawsuits by injured workers or consumers would give bad actors a competitive edge at the cost of people’s lives, adding to the harm that responsible Main Street businesses are already suffering. This would create a race-to-the-bottom dynamic that creates unfair competition for businesses concerned about reopening before it is safe to do so.

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