Today, Public Policy Director, Awesta Sarkash, submitted a letter of support to Pennsylvania's House Judiciary Committee for HB 689, legislation that would expand Pennsylvania’s Clean Slate laws and ensure people who have served their time get at second chance. With small businesses facing an acute labor shortage and 1 in 3 American adults having some form of criminal or arrest record, there are major opportunities to change barriers to employment that would benefit the small business ecosystem.
On April 10, Small Business Majority's Vice President, Policy & Advocacy David Chase submitted letters to policymakers and elected officials in support of establishing a state-run paid family and medical leave program for Mainers. Such a program would allow small businesses to access and offer this benefit for their employees, helping them overcome obstacles in attracting and retaining a ready workforce.
On April 7, Small Business Majority submitted a letter to the U.S. Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions, urging the committee to confirm the nomination of Julie Su as the next Secretary of Labor. Deputy Secretary Su is collaborative, works well with small business groups, and will ensure that small businesses and their employees are truly supported and prioritized.
On April 4, Small Business Majority's California Policy Director Bianca Blomquist submitted a letter in support of AB 1392, legislation that would require large hospitals to submit a plan to the California Department of Health Care Access and Information (HCAI) to increase procurement from minority, women, LGBT, and disabled veteran business enterprises.
On April 4, Small Business Majority's California Policy Director Bianca Blomquist submitted a letter in support of AB 1669, legislation that would establish the California Historically Significant District Program, an important program that can revitalize and support historically and culturally significant commercial corridors and small businesses in the state.
On March 30, Small Business Majority's Public Policy Director Awesta Sarkash wrote in support for SB 1281, legislation that would end the OmniBase program in Texas. This program enforces debt-based license holds on individuals with overdue fines and fees, which impacts small businesses and their employees and their ability to seek employment and entrepreneurship opportunities.
On March 29, Small Business Majority's California Policy Director Bianca Blomquist testified before the Senate Bank and Finance Committee on SB 33, legislation that could ensure small businesses continue to have the transparency they need when shopping for financing products.
On March 28, Small Business Majority's Illinois Director Tasha Brown testified before the Illinois House Financial Institutions and Licensing Committee on behalf of HB 2234, legislation that would enact critical protections for small business borrowers in Illinois.
On March 28, Johnathon Bush, owner of Not Just Cookies provided testimony before the Illinois House Financial Institutions and Licensing Committee on HB 2234, legislation that would extend consumer protections for small business borrowers.
On March 27, Small Business Majority's Colorado Director Lindsey Vigoda submitted testimony to the Colorado House Finance Committee on HB 23-1112, legislation that would expand the state-level Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Child Tax Credit (CTC) for working Coloradans.