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Scientific Opinion Poll: Lack of Access to Child Care Holds Small Businesses Back

Home Business Magazine

A scientific opinion poll released today found many small business owners struggled to access affordable child care, and a majority of small employers favor the expansion of federal programs to help low- and moderate-income families afford child care.

The telephone survey, conducted by Public Policy Polling on behalf of Small Business Majority, found 36 percent of small business owners who are parents say lack of access to affordable, high-quality child care was a barrier to starting their business. Conversely, 29 percent of business owners with children (and 34 percent of women)...

The Latest: Republicans unveil nearly $6 trillion tax cut

The Washington Post

Small business advocates are split over the draft of the new Republican tax plan.

But the Small Business Majority says the plan wouldn’t help most small companies, and the current top rate is paid by less than 2 percent of those businesses.

By age 3, inequality is clear: Rich kids attend school. Poor kids stay with a grandparent

The Washington Post

Thirty-six percent of small business owners say lack of access to child care was a major barrier to starting a business, according to a survey of 500 randomly selected small business owners published Monday by Small Business Majority, an advocacy group.

Opinion: Bipartisan Healthcare Proposal a Step in the Right Direction for Small Businesses

The Metropreneur

This year has been a scary one for the more the 900,000 Ohioans who have received health coverage thanks to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), including the roughly 38,000 local small business owners and solo entrepreneurs who depend on the marketplace for quality, affordable health insurance. Between dogged attempts to repeal the ACA without an adequate replacement plan, to President Donald Trump’s inability to commit to making federal payments that subsidize insurance for low-income individuals, the ACA marketplaces are less stable than they were just 12 months ago. Now, more than ever, we...

LETTER: Hoping Murkowski resists repeal

Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman

As a small business owner, I hope that Senator Murkowski will oppose this latest effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. The ACA has been essential to the success of many entrepreneurs like me, and replacing it with a sub-par plan would be detrimental to the small business community.

Before the passage of the ACA, I was struggling to provide insurance for my employees and my family because our insurance costs were escalating at an alarming rate. But after the law passed, our rates began to stabilize, and I continued to provide a small group plan for our employees even...

Don’t leave small businesses behind in reform plan

The Hill

As President Donald Trump and congressional leadership stump for tax reform, it is becoming increasingly clear they do not understand why most small businesses will not benefit from drastically slashed corporate tax rates.

House Speaker Paul Ryan’s (R-Wis.) tax blueprint, for example, calls for reducing the corporate rate to a flat 20 percent because he believes this will help small employers.

President Trump, meanwhile, has floated a maximum corporate rate of 15 percent, saying recently that he intends to “dramatically reduce the tax rate for America’s small businesses,...

California’s Legislature is getting more family-friendly — and it’s not just politics driving the shift

San Jose Mercury News

But Omar Limon, who owns a small Southern California chain that serves Mexican shaved-ice slushies, Raspado Xpress, said he supports the bill.

“If your employee says, ‘Hey, all I want is to spend time with my baby and three months later my job will still be there,'” he said, “that’s the least we can do.”

ACA stability requires a bipartisan effort

Colorado Springs Business Journal

This year has been a rocky one for the more than 169,000 Coloradans who receive health coverage through Connect for Health Colorado, including the roughly 37,000 local small business owners and solo entrepreneurs who depend on the marketplace for quality, affordable health insurance. Between dogged Republican attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act without an adequate replacement plan, and President Donald Trump’s inability to commit to making federal payments that subsidize insurance for low-income individuals, the ACA marketplaces are less stable than they were just 12 months ago. Now...

A Tale Of 2 States: How California And Texas May Fare Under GOP Health Plan


MARK HERBERT: It would be massively destabilizing to the ability of small employers to attract talent. It would be very difficult for entrepreneurs and self-employed folks to access some level of coverage.

Uncertainty Over Health Care’s Future Hobbles Entrepreneurs

California Healthline

“So it would be massively destabilizing to the ability of small employers to attract talent, it would be very difficult for entrepreneurs and self-employed folks, to access some level of coverage,” said Mark Herbert, California director for the Small Business Majority. “There’s no way that you can remove those sorts of dollars out of our local communities and not see some sort of economic impact on small businesses.”

More Coloradans than ever insured, report finds, but Senate still targeting ACA

Real Vail

Small business groups also oppose efforts to repeal the ACA.

“Since U.S. Sens. Bill Cassidy and Lindsey Graham remain determined to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), it is once again necessary to remind lawmakers that the ACA has greatly benefited America’s small businesses,” said Small Business Majority founder and CEO John Arensmeyer. “One in five ACA marketplace participants in 2014 was a small business owner or self employed. We must also remember the countless solo entrepreneurs with pre-existing conditions who were able to launch their own businesses because...

The simple way to tell whether Trump’s tax plan is for the ‘little guy’ or the 1 percent

The Washington Post

“Small businesses get used as a smokescreen to help the wealthy,” says John Arensmeyer, head of Small Business Majority, a network of 55,000 small-business owners. He says the proposed change would mainly help hedge funds and celebrity consultants.

Good start on a bipartisan solution

Colorado Springs Gazette

As a small business owner who has greatly benefited from the Affordable Care Act, particularly the expansion of Medicaid, I disagree with the recent editorial criticizing the bipartisan healthcare plan proposed by Governors John Hickenlooper and John Kasich. The plan may not be perfect but it is a good start on a bipartisan solution to strengthen the ACA.

My young business, Left Hand Management, consults with treatment agencies for drug and alcohol addiction, and provides education on paying for these services through Medicaid. The expansion of Medicaid under the ACA has provided a...

Morning Break: Health news and commentary from around the Web gathered by the MedPage Today staff

Medpage Today

One in 5 small business owners and solo entrepreneurs are feeling the pinch of higher insurance premiums attributable to the Trump Administration's attempts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, according to the Congressional Budget Office. (Small Business Majority) Read MedPage Today's full coverage of the CBO report here.

Simplifying the Tax Code Eliminates the Advantage Enjoyed by Large Corporations Who Can Afford Teams of Tax Professionals

90 Percent Of Small Business Employers Agree That Large Corporations Use Loopholes To Avoid Taxes, And Three Quarters Agree This Harms Small Business. 'Small Business Majority's scientific opinion polling found 90 percent of small employers say big corporations use loopholes to avoid taxes that small businesses have to pay, and 92 percent say it is a problem when big corporations use such loopholes. What's more, three-quarters of owners say their small business is harmed when loopholes allow big corporations to avoid taxes.' (John Arensmeyer, Op-Ed, 'Small...

Covered California For Small Businesses Announces Increased Participation, Lower Premiums

KHTS-AM [Your Hometown Station]

The Small Business Majority — a national advocacy organization that conducts scientific polling, focus groups and economic research to help educate and inform policymakers and small business owners — issued a news release on Thursday announcing that participation in Covered California for Small Business (CCSB) increased dramatically during 2017, and participants in the program can expect lower premiums for 2018.

The new face of business ownership is looking for something different

Puget Sound Business Journal

The retiring boomer generation is giving way to a new pool of millennial business owners. According to a poll by North Star Research for the Small Business Majority, 8 percent of millennials own a business, 16 percent are making plans to start a business and 27 percent would like to start their own business someday.This shift has client service industries scrambling to cater to a new kind of entrepreneur.

It can seem as though boomers and millennials couldn’t be more different on matters like workplace retention and motivation. But don’t let this undermine the fact that the...

Another Voice: Parental leave legislation would be good for small business

Sacramento Business Journal

For some reason, Gov. Jerry Brown seems to take issue with legislation that would help small businesses and their employees. In 2015, he killed a bill that would have expanded current state unpaid leave law to cover care for more family members.

Fortunately, Gov. Brown may have the opportunity this year to correct that mistake by signing SB 63, which has the support of small business owners like me because it would go a long way toward leveling the playing field for small firms that struggle to retain talented employees.

Serving Minority Entrepreneurs with Xiomara Pena

ComCap The Podcast

Tackling small business development is a challenging task, especially when you take the sheer size of states like California into account. But small business development in a general sense does not necessarily meet the needs of diverse business owners. That’s where Small Business Majority fills the gaps that traditional economic and small business development can’t fill. With thorough research and polling, as well as on the ground representation, they are trying to meet the needs of minority small business owners in towns and communities that are often neglected.

In this episode...

Stable Insurance Markets are Key to Small Business Success

The Huffington Post

Despite months of speeches, speculation and tweets suggesting that the federal government would not continue to provide critical payments that support the Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplaces, President Trump still has yet to announce a final decision on the future of cost-sharing reduction subsidies (CSRs), which help reduce out-of-pocket healthcare costs for low and moderate-income enrollees. While the president did agree to make the CSR payments for August, there is no telling what he will do in coming months, and his ongoing rhetoric about wanting to let the ACA collapse is hardly...