New poll: Small business owners say government doesn’t understand their concerns, need help with healthcare costs and other challenges

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On August 13, Small Business Majority released opinion polling in four states—Illinois, Missouri, Virginia and Wisconsin—that found small business owners feel their government officials don’t understand their challenges, and they support a wide array of policies that would address their needs.

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Virginia small business owner Muneer Baig testifies

On July 24, Virginia small business owner Muneer Baig testified before the U.S. House Committee on Small Business to explain why the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) hasn't helped his small business. Muneer explained that the TCJA did not save most small businesses any money, is too complex for most small business owners to understand without significant help from an accountant and did nothing to address pre-existing burdens for small businesses in the tax code. 

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On Monday, July 22, Small Business Majority filed an amicus brief urging the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia to uphold a previous decision to strike down a U.S. Department of Labor Rule that makes it easier for groups to form association health plans. Rejecting this final rule is essential to protect the Affordable Care Act’s gains for small businesses, their employees and the self-employed.

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On Monday, July 1, California Director Mark Herbert and small business owner Lorenzo Harris joined California Treasurer Fiona Ma and others for the official launch of CalSavers, the state’s new auto-IRA program. Mark and Lorenzo noted CalSavers will be good for small businesses by leveling the playing field for small firms that do not have the resources to offer the sort of comprehensive compensation packages typically available at larger businesses.

On Tuesday, June 4, CEO John Arensmeyer joined Governor Gavin Newsom for a roundtable discussion about the governor's budget proposal to expand the CalEITC program for those making up to $30,000, including the self-employed. John discussed how this proposal would support low-income entrepreneurs as they work to build their businesses. 

On May 22, 2019, Small Business Majority CEO John Arensmeyer testified before a joint hearing of the Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship and the Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management to discuss the reauthorization of the SBA Office of Advocacy. His testimony discussed the important role of the Office of Advocacy and why small business regulations should not be characterized as all good or bad, but rather considered on a case-by-case basis.

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On Tuesday, May 14, Small Business Majority CEO John Arensmeyer participated in a roundtable event with California Governor Gavin Newsom, small business owners, representatives from Covered California and others to talk about the importance of affordable healthcare to entrepreneurs. The discussion focused on the governor's new proposal to create state tax credits that will help more middle income Californians access and afford health coverage, including many small business owners and solo entrepreneurs.

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On Wednesday, May 8, Small Business Majority CEO John Arensmeyer participated in a panel at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The panel, "Strictly Business: An FTC Forum on Small Business Financing," examined trends and consumer protection issues in small business lending. John's comments focused on efforts to mitigate risks to small business borrowers in these marketplaces.

On Tuesday, May 7, Small Business Majority partnered with Thumbtack and other partners to host a congressional reception in honor of National Small Business Week. The event recognized Chairwoman Nydia M. Velázquez, Chairman Marco Rubio, Ranking Members Senator Ben Cardin and Congressman Steve Chabot, as well as other members of the U.S. House Committee on Small Business and U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship.

On Tuesday, May 7, Small Business Majority's Government Affairs Director Renée Johnson provided opening remarks at the National Urban League's 4th Annual Small Business Day. The event was part of the Urban League's 16th Annual Legislative Policy Conference and featured panel discussions on policy issues affecting small business owners like access to capital and Opportunity Zones.