Wisconsin is in trouble when it comes to retirement security. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, our retirement system was not working for a significant number of Wisconsin workers and small businesses. The landscape of retirement benefits has changed in recent decades. Businesses have moved away from pensions that were automatic and managed by employers to defined contribution plans that are voluntary and self-directed by workers. In 1983, 62% of employees were covered by a traditional pension plan.
Today, Small Business Majority, American Booksellers Association, American Independent Business Alliance, American Sustainable Business Network, Common Future, and Main Street Alliance sent a letter to Congressional leaders underscoring the importance of passing the budget reconciliation package. America’s small businesses owners will benefit from the budget reconciliation package because it proposes bold long-term investments into the small business ecosystem.
On December 30, Small Business Majority alongside the American Independent Business Alliance and network member Mary Sue Milliken filed an amicus brief urging the court to uphold the administration’s COVID-19 vaccination and testing requirements for businesses with 100 or more employees. The brief outlines how workplace-related safety policies will impact small businesses, as well as research demonstrating the strong support for the rule from the business community.
Small Business Majority has released its comprehensive state policy agenda to ensure entrepreneurship is at the center of a thriving and inclusive economy in Virginia during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s critical that state lawmakers enact policies to support and empower these entrepreneurs by guaranteeing that they have access to capital to sustain their businesses, affordable and quality healthcare and the tools and benefits they need to grow now and in the future.
Today, John Arensmeyer shared a letter with leaders of the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, encouraging the swift confirmation of David Weil, President Biden's nominee for Administrator at the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor. David Weil is well-equipped to lead the Wage and Hour Division, particularly because he has direct experience in the role. Weil previously held the position during President Barack Obama’s administration from 2014 to 2017 and believes quality jobs are essential to a small business ecosystem.
On December 7, Small Business Majority submitted an amicus brief alongside network member Mary Sue Milliken and the American Independent Business Alliance urging the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit to uphold the administration's COVID-19 vaccine and testing requirement for businesses with 100 or more employees. The brief outlines the strong support for the rule from the business community, and it explains how the vaccine requirement would help protect small businesses from additional shutdown orders and economic setbacks.
Today, Small Business Majority, Main Street Alliance and American Sustainable Business Network sent a letter to Congressional leaders underscoring their support of the Child Tax Credit (CTC). America’s entrepreneurs will benefit from the CTC because it has been proven to encourage entrepreneurship. Self-employment grew after CTC payments, particularly among low-income parents.
The pandemic has underscored the importance of accessible and affordable capital for small businesses like mine. It’s a critical component to maintaining my business’s operations and growth. That’s precisely why all small businesses should be protected as we search for capital.
On October 21, Small Business Majority submitted procedural recommendations concerning the establishment of the Standardized Health Benefit Plan Colorado Option. This program will address racial inequities in Colorado’s healthcare system to ensure that all small businesses in Colorado have access to a robust, more affordable and comprehensive healthcare option.
On October 18, 2021, Midwest Region Director Geri Aglipay testified before the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation in support of the Illinois Community Reinvestment Act (IL CRA). This legislation will combat ageism in lending and uplift entrepreneurs of color and women entrepreneurs.