I urge the Legislature to move forward with this important proposal. It will not only support small businesses but also help fill the gaps in the labor market as they continue to recover from the pandemic.
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That comes from a survey by advocacy organization Small Business Majority of small-business owners filing what are known as Beneficial Ownership Information reports. It's a new requirement for the smallest of businesses that kicked in Jan. 1, as part of the Corporate Transparency Act.
Awesta Sarkash, a public policy director for the Small Business Majority’s work in New Mexico, agrees. She says there were plenty of misconceptions about how the program operates and pointed to a survey from the Washington, D.C.-based organization that shows about 85% of the 305 businesses it surveyed were in support of paid family and medical leave.
A group that represents small businesses said through a news release that 85 percent of small businesses in New Mexico support a state-run paid family and medical leave program. “This is a step backward from efforts to level the playing field for our state’s job creators. When implemented in other states, paid family and medical leave programs have proven successful,” Awesta Sarkash, Small Business Majority public policy director said through a news release.
“This case could have profound implications for the nation’s small businesses and the country’s economy,” said Skye Perryman, the president of Democracy Forward, a public interest legal group that has filed a brief in the case representing several small business interest groups, including Small Business Majority and the American Sustainable Business Council.
Small Business Majority and Support Latino Business collaborate to provide the annual #SupportSmallBiz Grant.
People who spoke in support of the bill included representatives from the Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition, the Justice Action Network, the Small Business Majority, the Second Chance Center, Healthier Colorado and the Korey Wise Innocence Project.
Although several chambers of commerce in the state, including the New Mexico Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce, continued to oppose the measure, a national small-business organization, Small Business Majority, urged legislators to adopt the bill.
Nancy Clark and her then-28-year-old son, Reid Clark, had just sat down to dinner in June 2022 when the conversation turned to when he would move out. The topic had come up before, but this time they decided to set a date one year later.
A survey by the Small Business Majority found that 85% of small business owners support a state-run paid family and medical leave insurance program. That same survey found that 61% of small businesses believed paid family medical leave made them more competitive with larger companies that offer better benefit packages to employees.