For Immediate Release: December 20, 2012
Contact: Joshua Welter, firstname.lastname@example.org, 206-383-1857
Small businesses blast Boehner’s ‘Plan B’
Washington, DC – The Main Street Alliance, a network of small business owners across the country, released the following statement from Don Orange – owner of Hoesly ECO Auto & Tire in Vancouver, Washington, and a steering committee member of the Main Street Alliance – on Speaker Boehner’s “Plan B” proposal being voted on in the US House tonight:
“Speaker Boehner didn’t seem to learn the lesson of the election.
“Speaker Boehner’s ‘Plan B,’ which shields the wealthy from paying their fair share of taxes while raising taxes on poor and middle class families, will not help small businesses or our economy grow.
“Speaker Boehner may claim to be trying to help small businesses by moving the threshold for ending the Bush Tax Cuts from $250,000 to $1 million. But, in reality only 1 in 33 small business owners earn more than $250,000 in net take-home pay. Those that do include hedge fund managers, partners in corporate law practices, and K Street lobbyists, not the Main Street small businesses who make up the heart of local economies across America.
“At Boehner’s new million dollar threshold, millionaires would still enjoy an average tax cut of $100,000 – more than most people make in a year. At the same time, ‘Plan B’ actually raises taxes on poor and middle class families by letting tax credits lapse for working parents and for families with children in college.
“Small businesses need investments in a strong middle class to strengthen consumer demand, not tax giveaways for the wealthy.”
Here is a short YouTube video of Don Orange speaking about why Congress needs to act on tax fairness.
As negotiations reach a fever pitch, small business owners across the Main Street Alliance network are escalating pressure on Congress to require large corporations and the wealthy to pay their fair share to help fix the economy, and to protect middle class programs like Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid that strengthen the economy and increase consumer demand.
The Main Street Alliance is a national network of state and locally based small business groups that creates opportunities for Main Street small business owners to speak for themselves on issues that impact their businesses and local economies. www.mainstreetalliance.org
If you agree with Don, here are 3 things you can do:
1. Read and sign the petition (scroll down or click here).
2. Share the video on Facebook and Twitter - hit the share button in the top right corner of the video and use these hashtags: #listen2mainstreet #smallbiz #my2k
3. Help spread the word by sharing this page with your email networks: www.mainstreetalliance.org/ListenToMainStreet
As Don says, it's time to make America right.
Have you ever felt like the good name of small business was getting used to advance a special interest agenda? Brian McGregor has. Brian, owner of the Silver Dollar Saloon in Butte, Montana, wrote in an op-ed in The Hill a few days ago:
Here’s a riddle: a hedge fund manager, a high-powered lobbyist, and a big shot lawyer walk into a bar. There’s one real small business owner in the lot. Which one? Answer: the guy who’s pouring the drinks – me.
Brian went on to talk about why, as a genuine small business owner, he’s for ending the extra Bush tax cuts for the richest 2 percent of Americans, protecting middle class programs like Social Security, Medicaid, and Medicare, and making sure big corporations pay their fair share of taxes.
That’s what the Main Street Alliance is standing for in the lame duck session of Congress. Will you stand with us? Click here to read and sign our “Listen to Main Street” small business statement to Congress.
Wall Street CEOs are lobbying hard for their agenda – lower tax rates for the wealthy and a permanent tax holiday on off-shore profits for multi-national corporations, paid for by cuts to Social Security, Medicaid, and Medicare. That is not a pro-small business agenda.
We need to make sure Congress listens to Main Street, not Wall Street. Click here to read and sign the statement.
Small business owners need to make our voices heard in the unfolding debate over ending the special Bush tax cuts for the top 2 percent. The name of small business is being used by special interest groups to protect extra tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans. Real small business owners can't let this identity theft - stealing our good name to advance a special interest agenda - go unchallenged.
Rick Poore, a leader with MSA from Lincoln, Nebraska, had an op-ed published in The Hill for the 10 year anniversary of the Bush tax cuts on June 7. Rick's piece provides a forceful critique of the claim that the high-end Bush cuts help small business, and warns small business owners to watch out for small business identity theft - the use of false small business arguments to advance the narrow interests of big corporations and the wealthy.
For the 10 year anniversary, MSA released a fact sheet highlighting what small businesses need most: local investment to create jobs, not tax cuts for the wealthy.