Small Business Speak Out Against House Tax Cut Bill

WASHINGTON, DC – Main Street Alliance Small business owners across the country are voicing their opposition to H.R. 1, the House tax bill that passed today:


  • Amanda Ballantyne, National Director of Main Street Alliance: “Once again, the House GOP is trying to pass extremely unpopular legislation that clearly demonstrates their priorities are their donors on Wall Street, not the job creators on Main Street. Small businesses and their communities will pay for these huge tax giveaways for the very wealthy and big corporations with deep cuts to essentials like Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security, and education."

  • Chris Petersen, a family farmer from Clear Lakes, Iowa and a member of Main Street Alliance: “The rural economy is struggling in Iowa and across the nation. Many farmers will not turn a profit this year. It is awfully hard to provide a tax cut to someone with negative income. These tax cuts are irrelevant.”

  • David Borris, owner of Hel’s Kitchen Catering in Northbrook, Illinois and an Executive Committee Member of Main Street Alliance: “I need more customers more than anything. Eliminating the deduction for state and local taxes takes money directly out of the pockets of my customers, most of whom earn about $40 - $150,000 a year. I don’t begrudge people the opportunity to make as money as they can in our capitalist system. But I do begrudge them dodging their responsibilities to the greater society who helped them make their money.”

  • Deborah Field, co-owner of Paperjam Press in Portland, Oregon and an Executive Committee Member of Main Street Alliance Oregon: "These are the things that would level the playing field for small businesses: Tax fairness. Making sure that we’re all paying our fair share of taxes, that the burden isn't on small business owners. Closing the corporate tax loopholes, bringing all the money that's off shore back into our country. This bill does none of those things.”

  • ReShonda Young, owner of Popcorn Heaven in Waterloo, Iowa and an Executive Committee Member of Main Street Alliance: “This bill is built on the the same trickle-down economics myth that has never worked in the past. I’m not sure why they think it will work now.”

  • Kelly Conklin, owner of Foley-Waite Associates in Kenilworth, New Jersey and an Executive Committee Member of Main Street Alliance: “The same corporate players that routinely pick our pockets are asking us to foot the bill for their permanent tax holiday. Enough is enough; if you want to fly the American flag outside your corporate headquarters, you should be paying your way.”

  • Tara Kleca, owner of Lighthouse Market in Tacoma, Washington and a member of Main Street Alliance: It makes me angry when Republicans says that tax cuts for the wealthy and big business will create jobs and help small businesses like mine. That’s just not true. I don’t have many millionaires coming in to buy sandwiches at my deli. The majority of my customers earn between $40,000 and $80,000.”

  • James Berge, a family farmer in Kensett, Iowa and a member of Main Street Alliance: “Repealing the estate tax does not help me at all. A farmer would need to own over 500 acres to even come close to owing the estate tax, and even that is assuming that each acre is valued at $10,000, which would be a very high valuation. I only have 160 acres.”

  • Davis Senseman, owner of Davis Law Office in Minneapolis, Minnesota and a member of Main Street Alliance: “My entire job as a small business attorney is to review and advise my clients on whether a proposal is a good or bad idea. Republicans have tried to claim the pass-through cut is good for small businesses, but nearly all small business owners make too little for this reduction to impact them. Show me the owner of a partnership, LLC or S-corp who is currently paying a 25% tax rate, and I’ll bet good money that person is a wealthy partner in a law firm or other professional firm. This is yet another anti-small business and anti-worker piece of legislation from the GOP. It doesn't help most Americans, and certainly not small business owners, at all.”

  • Marilyn Sealy, owner of Wells Rug Service in Morristown, New Jersey and a member of Main Street Alliance: “I do well when people in my community have money to spend. SALT deductions allow New Jersey residents to write off thousands and often tens of thousands of dollars in state and local taxes on their federal tax returns. Which means they have that much more money to spend on businesses like mine.This is especially important in high cost-of- living towns like Morristown. People are able to live here, and afford to pay for the public services that keep Morristown healthy, safe and prosperous, because of these tax deductions.”

  • Brian Haghighi, owner of FruitCraft in San Diego, California and a member of Main Street Alliance: “We have a holistic approach to how our company’s decisions impact our community, and we’re happy to pay taxes accordingly. This bill, however, doesn’t help our business OR our customers. The cost of living is going to go up for average people because huge tax cuts for the wealthy mean Congress is going to also cut back essential services like Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security, and food assistance. With this bill, we’re looking at a depressed Main Street.”

  • Todd Mikkelson, owner of in Orono, Minnesota and a member of Main Street Alliance: “I’m tired of the Republicans assuming I’m an idiot. I’m tired of them thinking they’re fooling me by saying they’re on the side of small business when they really mean they’re on the side of the super wealthy. Eighty-six percent of small business owners don’t make enough to pay 25 percent taxes.”

  • Jim Houser, owner of Hawthorne Auto Clinic in Portland, Oregon and an Executive Committee Member of Main Street Alliance: “When the Congressional Budget Office examined close to a dozen options to jumpstart economic activity and job creation in early 2010, it found that extending special tax breaks for the richest Americans was the least effective of all 11 options for creating jobs and boosting the economy. So if politicians really want to help small businesses, they should focus on how to bring more customers in our doors and stop wasting time defending extra tax cuts for the richest Americans. How do we get more customers? Build roads and bridges, invest in education, hire teachers and first responders – this will create local jobs, inject money into local economies, and bring more customers into our businesses.”