Press Releases

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USPS Necessary for Democracy and Small Businesses

On the latest Trump attacks on the USPS, Executive Director of the Main Street Alliance, Amanda Ballantyne had this to say:

"Small business owners rely on the postal service both for the smooth operation of their businesses and for ensuring the most basic function of democracy - voting - for people who aren’t, for whatever reason, able to make it to the polls.  The President’s threat to defund the post office to prevent widespread voter participation is anti-democratic, and, also, bad for small business."

 

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Executive Orders a Distraction from what Small Business Actually Needs

On the COVID related Executive Orders from President Trump this weekend, Main Street Alliance Executive Director Amanda Ballantyne had this to say:

“These executive orders are a distraction from what American families and small businesses actually need, which is a long term solution to keep our economy and small businesses afloat. Congress needs to come together to pass real legislation to address the core of the crisis, not short-term, piecemeal, pet policies that continue to cause confusion and will ultimately harm small businesses. This seems like a set up for an electoral strategy more than anything else.  From the dangerous payroll tax cut to putting states’ already fragile budgets on the line for unrealistic changes to the UI system, these Executive Orders show how out-of-touch the Administration is with the needs of small business owners and millions of unemployed people.” 

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July Jobs Report Shows Urgency Needed on Extending UI

On the release of the July Jobs Report today, Executive Director of the Main Street Alliance, Amanda Ballantyne had this to say:

“It’s clear economic recovery is going to be a long, slow slog and we are nowhere near the end of this crisis. In addition to slowing job growth this month, unemployment barely moved at all for Black employees, highlighting the continued inequity in federal assistance. To avoid further contracted incomes just as small businesses are hitting a financial cliff with the end of their PPP loans, Congress must extend the full expanded pandemic unemployment payments, and provide continued assistance to small businesses - or the 40 million jobs we’ve lost throughout the pandemic will not return for years to come. We can clearly see the jobs are not returning quickly, and without consumer incomes from expanded unemployment the economy will be pushed over the edge.”

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Small Biz Supports Reigning in Pandemic Profiteering

On the Senate introduction of the Make Medications Affordable by Preventing Pandemic Price-gouging Act (MMAPPP) yesterday, Executive Director of the Main Street Alliance, Amanda Ballantyne had this to say:

"Our economic crisis cannot be solved without a prioritized focus on the COVID health crisis. From testing, to contact tracing to vaccine development these investments are paramount to getting this crisis under control. A vaccine must be affordable, available and accessible to all, especially given the taxpayers have already paid for its development. Profit gouging during a pandemic by Pharma monopolies will have a direct impact on the small business economy's ability to make it through this crisis. The MMAPPP Act is critical to reigning in pharmaceutical monopolies, making sure a vaccine is affordable, safe and effective, which will ultimately support small businesses."

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WORKERS’ RIGHTS, SMALL BUSINESS ADVOCATES DEMAND STRONGER PROTECTIONS FROM CONGRESS IN NEW COVID-19 RELIEF BILL

Workers, Small Business Owners Declare #WeAreTheEconomy, Call on U.S. Legislators to Extend Life-Saving Benefits Ahead of Looming Deadline

Today, The Center for Popular Democracy and the Main Street Alliance held a virtual press conference to demand that Congress provide greater protection for workers, families, and small business owners in the new COVID-19 relief bill. Life-saving unemployment benefits, which have kept families afloat in the face of economic downturn, are set to expire this Friday, July 31. And in the latest COVID-19 relief proposal, Senate Republicans indicated that they would significantly reduce unemployment benefits, which have been a lifeline for working families, and double down on small business loans like the Payroll Protection Program that has largely excluded Black and Brown business owners. 

Today’s speakers called on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senators Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst in Iowa, Rand Paul in Kentucky, Susan Collins in Maine, and other Republican lawmakers to extend unemployment insurance, address racial disparities in access to business relief, strengthen small business infrastructure, and support other solutions to uplift working families. A recording of the press conference can be viewed here

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More Needed than HEALS Act to Support Small Businesses

With the majority of small businesses out of PPP dollars and unemployment benefits ending this week, the piecemeal bills that make up the Senate Republicans’ HEALS Act are simply not enough.

More is needed to strengthen support for both working families and small businesses, who will need each other to survive the crisis. Emergency unemployment benefits are set to expire at the end of the month threatening tens of millions of Americans with a dramatic loss of income that will result in a sharp constriction in consumer spending, further damaging already struggling small businesses. The HEALS Act does too little to stem this drastic tightening of incomes. 

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GOP “Plan” doesn’t acknowledge reality of crisis for small businesses

As COVID-19 infection rates surge, unemployment rates spike and millions of small businesses face imminent closure, small business owners are increasingly frustrated by the failure of Senate Republican Leadership to articulate a workable, long term, comprehensive strategy to combat COVID-19, keep our economy on track and shore up the struggling small business sector.  

As millions of small businesses and working families face extreme economic hardship, GOP leadership, apparently, fails to comprehend the urgency of this moment. Small businesses are nearing the end of their PPP loans, causing a second round of layoffs and with many minority small businesses left out of the program entirely nearly half of a million Black-owned businesses have closed. Emergency unemployment benefits are set to expire at the end of the month threatening tens of millions of Americans with a dramatic loss of income that will result in a sharp constriction in consumer spending, further damaging already struggling small businesses. 

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The Rockefeller Foundation Supports Main Street Alliance as Part of $10 Million Commitment to Promoting Inclusive Growth in U.S.

Initiative to help eliminate barriers to access capital and credit for small business owners from marginalized communities in Newark, N.J. and Norfolk, Va.

NEW YORK | July 22, 2020 – Today, The Rockefeller Foundation and the Main Street Alliance (MSA) announced a new effort to support small business owners from marginalized communities in Newark, New Jersey, and Norfolk, Virginia, by helping eliminate barriers to access capital and credit. This collaboration is the first to stem from The Rockefeller Foundation Opportunity Collective (ROC), a new initiative announced last month which aims to catalyze public and private sector investment and promote more inclusive growth in 10 cities across the U.S., both in the post-pandemic recovery and over the long term.

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Introducing - A Comprehensive Small Business Agenda for COVID

With COVID-19 on the rise in most states, and federal support for both small businesses and workers coming to an end, we are headed into a dramatically expanding fiscal crisis that has the potential to cause massive bankruptcies, permanent closures and decimation of Main Street small businesses.

But this is not inevitable. There must be a comprehensive set of policy programs that work together to address the severity and potential duration of this crisis. Main Street Alliance is introducing a Small Business Agenda for the lengthening pandemic, to move beyond the short term Paycheck Protection Program and lay a foundation for pandemic resilience and economic recovery.

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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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