NEW REPORT: Nearly half of Minnesotans struggle to afford health care, 79% are worried about costs
Small business owners call for the MinnesotaCare Buy-In
ST. PAUL, MN — It’s no secret that health care is a top concern for Minnesotans. Nearly half of Minnesotans (47%) have faced hardships due to the high cost of health care. A new report by the Healthcare Value Hub reveals how severely health care costs are affecting Minnesotans across the state. Minnesotans report going uninsured due to costs, delaying or foregoing care, and being unable to pay medical bills. The vast majority adults in the state (79%) are worried about affording health care in the future.Read more
Do politicians really care about people like me — a small business owner, a woman, and a mother of three — and my employees? Or will they put the interests of giant corporations and their donors first?Read more
Main Street Alliance Minnesota Members Meet with CD-8 Candidate Joe Radinovich and receive questionnaire responses from Pete Stauber.Read more
One of the issues I am concerned about in the election, specifically Governor’s race is electing a candidate who will pass paid family leave legislation. I was part of the effort to pass earned sick and safe time in Minneapolis and then protect it against preemption at the state level, but it’s not always quite enough for small businesses like mine.
Good bakers and cooks are hard to find and keep. I do everything I can to reduce turnover at my cafe, and paying fair wages is part of that. I was an early adopter of earned sick and safe time when the ordinance came to Minneapolis, and it’s been good for my business. My employees know they will be taken care of, so they are loyal and work hard and that benefits my business. Last spring, when one of my two full-time bakers found out his partner was pregnant, I was one of the first people to know. They were worried about taking time to be off and wanted to be able to plan.
While the employee had earned six days worth of paid time off, I decided to pay three weeks paternity leave. Honestly, it cost me quite a bit, and was even more challenging as I had to pay another employee overtime to cover the missing employee’s time. To make up expenses like these, I end up just not paying myself.
It was the right thing to do, and I am glad that the family had that time together, but I can’t imagine doing this for more than one employee in a year. Restaurants run on a very small profit margin. We need more support for paid family leave to pass next session. I will support candidates who make it easier for small businesses like mine to provide benefits to employees, so people can work at our restaurants and retail shops and still have a high quality of life and access to healthcare and basic benefits like family leave.
Main Street Alliance - Minnesota Hosts Gubernatorial Roundtable with Candidates and Small Business Owners
ST PAUL, MN — Today, 20 Twin Cities small business owners met with gubernatorial candidate Erin Murphy to discuss her views on paid family leave, economic development, and other ideas for growing small businesses in Minnesota.
ST PAUL, MN – On Tax Day this year, paying less in taxes isn’t a priority for the Minnesota business owners who gathered at the State Capitol to express their concerns to legislators.Read more
For Immediate Release
January 31, 2018
Contact: Corinne Horowitz
MINNEAPOLIS, MN -- Following last night’s State of the Union, Minnesota business owners took to Twitter to voice concerns about the ramifications for Main Street of the GOP’s new tax law and the most recent attack on immigrants.Read more
Local business groups create website to promote shopping local at small independent businesses for Super Bowl and call on City to invest resources where small businesses need it most.Read more
Rep. Ellison and Small Business Owners Say The Trump Budget benefits corporations and the wealthy, leaving out the needs of small businesses
TOP LINE: Ahead of tax day 2017, US Representative Keith Ellison and Minnesota State Representative Erin Murphy met with 15 Main Street Alliance Minnesota small business owners to talk about critical issues for small business owners when it comes to national and local budget plans.