On President-elect Biden’s announcement of an emergency coronavirus response plan Thursday, Main Street Alliance Government Affairs Director Didier Trinh had this to say:
“Small businesses across the country are breathing a sigh of relief at the announcement of a critical, comprehensive plan that centers public health and economic recovery.
Targeted small business grant support is still desperately needed and cannot come soon enough. Investment in programs that will not only directly support public health, but will also provide the financial runway to support communities through this crisis is key.
The plan closes the gaps in paid leave, providing small businesses a level playing field and will help keep those who must stay home due to quarantine or care in the labor force. An initial cash infusion with additional stimulus, as well as an extension and expansion of unemployment, and rent support is what working families urgently need. Small business customers and clients can finally plan through the drastic financial decisions they have had to make over the past year. Stabilization funds for child care centers will help the child care industry in crisis, as well as the millions of small business employees reliant on quality, affordable care.
Main Street Alliance and its members urge Congress to swiftly pass this comprehensive plan. We must stop with short term solutions, and invest in solving this crisis, setting up our communities to thrive again.”