Today, Awesta Sarkash, Public Policy Director, submitted a letter of support for HB 181, the Family Care Act. The bill would create a paid family and medical leave insurance fund in state and allow small business owners to access and offer this benefit to their employees, helping them overcome challenges in the workforce.
On December 8, Small Business Majority's Colorado Director and National Quality Jobs Policy Director, Lindsey Vigoda, provided comments to the Colorado Prescription Affordability Board regarding affordability reviews of prescription drugs in Colorado, a key issue impacting Coloradans and small businesses alike.
On December 1, Small Business Majority's CEO John Arensmeyer provided written comments on the Request for Information (RFI) regarding the coverage of over-the-counter (OTC) preventive services for reproductive healthcare specifically as it relates to contraceptives access and availability. Access to quality and affordable reproductive healthcare, including preventive services, is critical for ensuring full participation in entrepreneurship and business ownership.
On November 20, Small Business Majority filed an amicus brief alongside nearly 40 companies and individuals doing business in Texas before the Texas Supreme Court in the case of Zurawski v. Texas. The brief argues that the state's restrictive abortion bans are bad for the business community and are having a negative impact on the state’s economy—including an estimated $14.5 billion in lost revenue each year.
On November 17, Small Business Majority's Colorado Director and National Quality Jobs Policy Director, Lindsey Vigoda, submitted comments to the Colorado Department of Early Childhood Education regarding the proposed permanent rules for family childcare homes (FCCH).
On November 14, Small Business Majority, alongside 20 business support organizations, submitted comments to the U.S. Small Business Administration in response to their proposed rule that would update eligibility for justice-impacted individuals seeking loans through the Agency. The letter outlines support for the rule and offers recommendations on how to continue to serve justice-impacted entrepreneurs.
On November 7, Small Business Majority submitted comments to the U.S. Deparrtment of Labor in response to their proposed rule that would update eligibility for overtime pay.
On November 3, Small Business Majority submitted written testimony to the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance in support of a national paid family and medical leave program to help the small business community.
On November 1, Small Business Majority sent a letter to Majority Leader Schumer, Minority Leader McConnell, Chair Murray and Ranking Member Collins urging them to include funding for the childcare industry to any supplemental funding package considered by the Senate Appropriations Committee.
On October 23, Small Business Majority, alongside Main Street Alliance and other small business advocates, filed an amicus brief in Moore v. U.S. urging the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold the Mandatory Repatriation Tax (MRT) previously enacted by Congress. The brief outlines the importance of a stable and predictable federal tax structure to small business growth and competition and how efforts to undo federal tax provisions like the MRT will cause uncertainty for entrepreneurs.