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Small Businesses Thrive When Democracy Thrives: Every Vote Counts

On the election process, Executive Director of the Main Street Alliance Amanda Ballantyne had this to say:

“This was the largest voter turnout in recent history. Americans across race and zip code turned out to stand with and for each other. No matter what the politicians say, it is the people’s will that matters. Small businesses thrive when our democracy thrives. When we count and verify every vote, we will see that the will of the people is clear. Until then, no victory declarations matter.

The basis of American democracy is that we pick our leaders - our leaders do not pick their voters. Election officials are counting every vote and verifying the results, as they have in every previous election. We must uphold the democratic transfer of power. There are tens of millions of votes left to count, and local officials are working hard to count them.

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PPP Forgiveness barely started, sowing confusion for small businesses

Survey results from a poll of nearly 100 Main Street Alliance members in late September 2020 indicate confusion, delays and frustration with the Paycheck Protection Program forgiveness process. Promoted as forgive-able loans, if funds were spent in prescribed ways, the PPP loan program rolled out through the private lending industry in multiple phases - finally closing in August 2020. Legislation passed after the CARES Act updated the PPP loan rules, timeline and forgiveness process, however much confusions remains.

"Business owners need clarity. If we are to be given a loan we need to know the terms in advance. If we are to be granted funds we need to know in advance the funds will be a grant. There should never be a question about this basic fundamental fact," said MSA-NJ Member Tony Sandkamp in the comment section of the survey.

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Small Business Suffering during COVID, add another worry: Health Care and the Supreme Court

Ahead of the likely confirmation of conservative justice Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court today, small business owners shared their stories about how a Supreme Court ruling against the Affordable Care Act would directly impact their businesses and employees.

“Congress continues to delay urgently needed financial assistance to struggling families and small businesses and state governments, straining under financial losses caused by the pandemic,” said Main Street Alliance Executive Director Amanda Ballantyne on the call.  “Despite this set of unprecedented crises, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell seems poised to cement a new court majority that could end health insurance for 20 million people and remove preexisting conditions protections for more than 135 million people during the middle of a global pandemic."

Main Street Alliance also released data on health care insurance and prescription drug cost prices from a recent scientific poll of 600 small businesses owners. Including a large majority of small businesses owners (59%) saying that the information about the Trump Administration working to repeal the Affordable Care Act in the Supreme Court without alternative legislation raises doubts about President Trump. We also saw that a majority of small businesses (60%) say they did not provide health insurance to any employees prior to the pandemic. Meaning the ACA marketplace is what allows employees and owners to get covered because it’s too expensive for many small businesses to offer employer based plans.

 

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What's At Stake for Small Businesses with an Anti-ACA Supreme Court

On the Senate Judiciary barreling through a new judge at the expense of COVID relief for small businesses, Executive Director of the Main Street Alliance Amanda Ballantyne had this to say:

"Rather than take action to provide immediate relief and recovery for small businesses, ailing state budgets, people and their families, President Trump and the Republican-controlled Senate are focusing instead on stacking the Supreme Court with another anti-health care judge in the few remaining days before the election so that they can repeal the Affordable Care Act immediately afterwards. 

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Small Businesses and the American People Demand to be a Priority Over Corporate Immunity and Supreme Court Confirmations

On McConnell’s latest attempt to run through a sham bill and undermine negotiations, Executive Director of the Main Street Alliance Amanda Ballantyne had this to say:

“Today’s vote and yesterday’s procedural show mean nothing to the small businesses waiting months for needed COVID relief. Followed up by McConnell’s admission that he is advising the White House not to make a deal further cements the fact that supporting the American people is clearly not his priority. Instead, he is still trying to rush a confirmation to the Supreme Court.

We are past time for political games. Over a third of small businesses are saying they will close within six months with no support, and that number is worse for Black and Latinx owned small businesses - over half say they will close.

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NEW Poll: Nearly Half of Black-Owned Small Businesses Closed Permanently Or Will Soon Shutter Due to Insufficient Federal COVID Relief

Survey from Color Of Change and Main Street Alliance of 600 small business owners reveals disproportionate pandemic impact on Black businesses, flawed Paycheck Protection Program and devastating outcomes of continued government inaction

NATIONWIDE — As critical federal coronavirus relief legislation remains stalled in negotiations between lawmakers and the White House, a new poll from Color Of Change and Main Street Alliance out today reveals Black-owned small businesses are being decimated by government inaction and racial inequities. Barring swift and decisive action by Congress to provide direct grants to Black small business owners, the poll indicates Black small businesses are on the brink of extinction, with 46% either already forced to close or planning to close within the next six months.

The new nationwide poll surveyed 600 small business owners representing a range of demographics on the impact of COVID-19 on their businesses as well as their views of federal coronavirus relief measures. Coupled with the findings of Color Of Change’s previous Paycheck Protection Program poll released in May, and stories from Main Street Alliance members this Fall, the results of the new survey clearly reinforce the dire need for both improved and immediate government relief in order to save Black small businesses and the communities they prop up.

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New Poll: Two Thirds of Small Business Owners Support A National Policy for Paid Family and Medical Leave, Choose It Over Liability Protection 2-to-1

WASHINGTON - A new nationwide poll of 600 small business owners from the Paid Leave for All Campaign found that about two-thirds (64%) of small businesses owners favored the U.S. having a national policy for paid family and medical leave. Support for paid leave by small business owners is also not a partisan issue, with 80% of Democratic, 55% of Republican, and 52% of Independent owners in favor of a national policy for paid family and medical leave. 

Furthermore, when small business owners hear that allowing sick workers to take paid time off is one of the most effective ways to stop the spread of COVID, favorability of paid leave policies jumps to nearly 70%. This increase was seen across party lines as well. 

The poll found that, when forced to choose, small business owners prefer a policy on paid family or medical leave and sick days over liability protections against pandemic-related lawsuits by a 2-to-1 margin. By wide margins, owners agree that workers should have access to longer paid time off to recover from illnesses, and they wish that they could offer more support for caregiving to their employees. 

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New Poll: Overwhelming Majority of Small Business Owners Support Corporate Transparency to Protect Against Fraud

Washington, DC — In a new nationwide poll, Main Street Alliance found small business owners overwhelmingly (81%) support legislation to require businesses to list the true identity of their owners when forming, in order to address issues of fraud and abuse. Even when presented with arguments for and against, owners overwhelmingly (72% to 17%) side with an argument that owner transparency would level the playing field and protect small businesses over an argument that it is an unnecessary burden.

The survey, which included businesses with 50 employees or less, was conducted by Lake Research Partners between August 31 – September 16, 2020 and has a margin of error of +/- 4.0 percent.

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Continued Republican Resistance to COVID relief puts Small Businesses at Risk

On the continued Republican resistance to COVID relief, Campaigns Director for the Main Street Alliance Cynthia Ward Wikstrom had this to say:

“As nomination hearings start today for the Supreme Court vacancy it is clear Senate Republicans have chosen dismantling health care, during a pandemic, as their priority over saving small businesses. Over one third of small businesses are at risk of permanent closure by the end of year if no additional COVID relief comes through.

According to a new scientific poll of 600 small business owners conducted by Main Street Alliance with Lake Research Partners, over 80 percent of small business owners are concerned that health care prices are too high and that drug companies are overcharging for prescription drugs. With health care on the line with the new Supreme Court nomination, dismantling health care will make these issues even worse. When small businesses are scrambling for support, Senate Republicans intend to kick them while they are down.  

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Small Businesses Aghast at Trump Stopping COVID Relief Negotiations

On the news that COVID relief negotiations were halted by President Trump over Twitter, Executive Director Amanda Ballantyne had this to say:

“For Trump to stop negotiations on urgently needed relief, stating he will only resume negotiations after he “wins” the election shows callous disregard for millions of Americans suffering extreme financial hardship. The President appears willing to take the economy down with him if he fails, at this point.

Small business owners across the country are aghast at the short sightedness of this refusal to move an aid package. The failed leadership of the Trump Administration to control the pandemic and keep the economy on track will drive many small business owners to close and lead to prolonged economic hardship for working families in this country. Main Street Alliance members and small businesses across the country have been clamoring for months that additional support is necessary to avert a prolonged, protracted, costly and livelihood destroying economic crisis.

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