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On the Debate: Supporting Small Business mean Supporting their Communities

Small businesses finally get time during the democratic debates

Washington, DC - After the Democratic Debate in Las Vegas this evening, Executive Director of the Main Street Alliance, Amanda Ballantyne had this to say:

"Small business issues finally saw time during the Democratic Debate when candidates made the connection between the struggles average Americans are having with child care, health care, and income equality and tax fairness as clear economic issues that are directly impacting our nation's small businesses.

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Supreme Court delay to hear ACA case will harm small business owners

On the Supreme Court’s decision not to expedite the hearing of the Texas V. US case on the Affordable Care Act, Executive Director for the Main Street Alliance, Amanda Ballantyne had this to say:

“Small business owners and their employees will continue to be stuck in limbo as republican judges and attorneys general send the Texas v. US case against the Affordable Care Act back and forth in the lower courts. By not taking up the health care case in a timely manner and allowing this continued delay, the Supreme Court has allowed the current administration to hide behind the courts during an election season instead of owning up to their dismantling of the Affordable Care Act.  

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Main street businesses look forward to working with new SBA head, Carranza

Main Street looks forward to a focus on small business priorities from Jovita Carranza

On Jovita Carranza’s confirmation to lead the Small Business Administration today, Main Street Alliance Senior Government Relations Manager Renée Johnson had this to say:

"Main Street business owners are looking forward to working with Jovita Carranza as the head of the Small Business Administration, and hopeful that she will elevate the needs of small business owners, particularly for women and minority owned businesses.

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Our Year in Review and What We're Looking Forward to in 2020

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Republicans Continued Attack on Health Care during the Texas v. US Appeal Harm the Success of Small Businesses

Small businesses fear losing critical protections for pre-existing conditions

Washington, DC – In response to the Texas V. US Appeal decision this week, Main Street Alliance Executive Director Amanda Ballantyne released the following statement: 

“The Texas v. US decision is a threat not only to the millions of people living with pre-existing conditions but also to small business owners struggling to provide their employees and families with affordable care. To declare the individual mandate unconstitutional and send the ACA back to the district court will continue to directly impact millions of small business owners, their employees and their families.

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Main Street Alliance responds to Impeachment Vote

As the United States House of Representatives voted to affirm articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump today, Executive Director for the Main Street Alliance, Amanda Ballantyne had this to say:

“Main Street Alliance supports the House of Representatives in their collective decision to affirm articles of impeachment and move towards towards trial in the Senate. Our federal government must do everything that it can to protect the integrity of U.S. elections.  As the Senate trial moves forward, Main Street Alliance small business owners are united in calling for accountability and transparency as a priority. 

No one is above the law, and a strong democracy keeps our leaders accountable. We need big, bold reforms to strengthen our democratic system and keep money, special interests and corruption out of politics.”

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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,
contact:
Sarah Crozier, 303-868-9600, sarah@mainstreetalliance.org

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