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Small Business for Paid Leave Coalition responds to Business Roundtable

A federal plan must include small businesses

The day after the launch of the Small Business for Paid Leave Coalition, the Business Roundtable, a group of large corporation CEOs, put out a letter in support of speedy action by Congress on a paid family and medical leave program.

“It is great to see the Business Roundtable leaders speak up for paid family and medical leave, inclusive of leave to care for a new child, or a serious personal or family illness, and with job protection for all leave-takers. However, details matter.” said Executive Director of the Main Street Alliance Amanda Ballantyne. “Their version of paid leave will carve out small businesses and their employees, only advantaging large corporations.”

Any paid leave program must include small businesses. The Business Roundtable’s proposal, working off the current limitations of the FMLA, will continue to leave out millions of employees — in fact 40 percent of the workforce. It would carve small businesses with less than 50 employees as well as self-employed workers out of a paid leave program, employers who desperately need support to offer paid leave and level the playing field with large corporations.

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Small businesses applaud the passage of the Lower Drug Costs Now Act

Washington, DC - As the House of Representatives passed their first bill on lowering drug prices ever, Executive Director for the Main Street Alliance, Amanda Ballantyne had this to say:

“Health care costs are one of the major concerns for small businesses across the US. As health care costs rise, one of the major culprits has been the unmitigated and unchecked rise of prescription drug costs by giant Pharmaceutical corporations.

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National business orgs launch Small Business for Paid Leave

Launching Small Business for Paid Leave, Main Street Alliance joins the growing movement for a national paid family and medical leave social insurance program.

As small business membership organizations, researchers, advocacy centers and organizers, we know business owners and employees alike experience the need for time to recover from a serious illness, care for a sick loved one, or welcome a new child. Protecting such time is good for business. It strengthens talent recruitment, boosts employee morale, and increases productivity. Most small businesses lack the scale and capital to offer and administer paid leave. 

We need a national paid family and medical leave insurance program.

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New Paid Leave Report shows positive return for businesses

For the 85 percent of small businesses unable to afford to offer paid leave, a federal social insurance program is a necessity to level the playing field.

Panorama and the American Sustainable Business Council released a report today outlining the positive impact on revenue to businesses offering paid leave. For small business owners, over 85 percent of whom cannot offer paid leave, a federal social insurance program would help level the playing field.

For the small business perspective,
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Sarah Crozier, 303-868-9600, sarah@mainstreetalliance.org

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Small Businesses Support Democracy Reforms

Main Street Alliance business owners urge Senate to support the For the People Act

Democracy reforms will support small business owners

Washington, DC –On the Senate request for a floor vote on the For the People’s Act (HR1) today, Executive Director of the Main Street Alliance, Amanda Ballantyne had this to say:

 

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Small Businesses Support the Corporate Transparency Act

Main Street Alliance sent the following letter supporting the Corporate Transparency Act to Congressional Leaders:

October 21, 2019

Dear Speaker Pelosi and Minority Leader McCarthy:

The Main Street Alliance is a national network of small businesses who engage on important public policy issues that work for business owners, their employees, and the communities they serve. We represent 30,000 small business owners across the country and write to urge you to support the Corporate Transparency Act of 2019 (H.R. 2513). This bill, which would help curb tax evasion, corruption, and fraud facilitated by anonymous shell companies, is central to this mission.

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Trump's new health care executive order distracts from real health care issues for small business

Small businesses fear losing critical protections for pre-existing conditions

Washington, DC –As President Trump tries to distract from his sabotage of the Affordable Care Act with this health care announcement and executive order this week, Executive Director of the Main Street Alliance, Amanda Ballantyne had this to say:

“With the decision on the Texas v US ACA lawsuit eminent, President Trump’s new Medicare plan doubles down on his support for the private insurance industry and seeks to expand privatization of the Medicare program. 

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Main Street Alliance responds to Impeachment Inquiry

Washington, DC - As Nancy Pelosi officially calls for an impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump today, the Executive Director of the Main Street Alliance, Amanda Ballantyne, had this to say:

“Main Street Alliance supports Speaker Pelosi’s decision to investigate President Trump’s recent interactions with the Ukrainian government.  Our federal government must do everything that it can to protect the integrity of US elections. As the investigation moves forward, Main Street Alliance small business owners are hopeful that accountability is a priority, and look forward to moving on from this tumultuous season of politics towards more transparency from this administration.”

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Community Groups Urge Support for Vandalized East African Immigrant Businesses

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – CAIR-MN, Main Street Alliance of Minnesota, Bethany Lutheran Church, Seward Civic & Commerce Association, Redesign Inc., and the Seward Neighborhood Group urged community members to support vandalized East African immigrant businesses.

See: Minneapolis Police make arrest in East African Business vandalism

Community Groups Statement:  

We are coming together to show that while hate can break windows, we won't let hate break our community.  We stand in solidarity with Seward business owners and the East African community that has been targeted more broadly and believe it is important that we all stand up in unison and say that hate has no business here. 

Community groups are asking Minnesotans to join them in helping rebuild and show solidarity with these businesses. 

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