Small business owners make their voices heard in Washington

President Trump’s health care and tax policies burden Main Street

Washington, DC -- Today, small business owners stood with more than a thousand allies in protesting President Trump’s policies that are hurting their businesses and communities.

Joined by Senator Bernie Sanders, Representative Keith Ellison, Van Jones, and dozens of progressive groups from across the country throughout the Rise Up 2017 convention, Main Street Alliance small business owners are calling for an end to efforts the repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and for tax reform that levels the playing field for small businesses. People’s Action Founding Convention, Rise Up 2017, took place from April 23-25 in Washington, DC.

“We are part of the four million small business owners and their employees who gained coverage under the ACA,” said ReShonda Young, owner of Popcorn Heaven in Waterloo, Iowa. “Who thinks it’s a good idea to cut health care for millions of people? Small business owners stand for health care for all. I joined Main Street Alliance in 2009 as part of the fight for the ACA, and now I’m going to keep fighting.”

“If the ACA is repealed, there will be a direct and devastating impact on small businesses,” said Kelly Conklin, owner of Foley-Waite Associates in Kenilworth, New Jersey. “In New Jersey, we would see unimaginable cuts in services and public investment, the likes of which we’ve never seen before. The damage will touch every community, every resident, poor and wealthy alike. And the impact on local businesses will be especially hard. What kind of state do we want to live in?”

“Tax revenue is a critical component of a strong economy,” said David Borris, owner of Hel’s Kitchen Catering in Northbrook, Illinois. “I don’t need tax cuts, I need more customers. I pay my fair share because it means that money is circulating in my local economy, increasing consumer demand and my customer base. We need tax reform that closes offshore loopholes.” 

“Large corporations and the wealthiest Americans have teams of high-priced attorneys and tax accountants that park their profits overseas and dodge approximately approximately $135 billion a year,” said Jim Houser, owner of Hawthorne Auto Clinic in Portland, Oregon. “Trump wants to cut the corporate tax rate even further without considering the impact on small business owners and average taxpayers, who are left picking up their tab. That isn’t the kind of country we want to live in, or the kind that spells success for small business.”

Main Street Alliance small business owners met with their Congressional representatives and took part in a health care town hall with Rep. Keith Ellison during Rise Up 2017.