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Small Businesses Plan Massive Push for Net Neutrality Ahead of Senate CRA Vote

Common Dreams

Thousands of small businesses, ranging from construction companies to tech startups are planning to deliver an open letter to Congress on Wednesday, May 2nd calling on lawmakers to support the Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution to block the FCC’s repeal of net neutrality.

The nationwide deliveries are supported by a range of groups representing startups and small businesses including the American Sustainable Business Council, Engine Advocacy, Main Street Alliance, Good Business Colorado, and Small Business Majority, along with digital rights nonprofit Fight for the Future....

Why Big Business Supports Gay and Transgender Rights

D Magazine

While a majority of small business owners surveyed say they believe businesses should not be able to deny goods or services to LGBT customers because of religious objections, more than one out of four—28 percent—say that discrimination should be permissible, according to a survey by the group Small Business Majority.

Opinion: Maryland's reinsurance bill is good for small business

Baltimore Business Journal

The most surprising development in Maryland this month wasn’t a snowstorm but the fact that the General Assembly and Gov. Larry Hogan put politics aside to pass a law that will rescue the state’s entrepreneurs and small business employees from skyrocketing health care costs.

Maryland lawmakers just approved a bill that will curb the cost of health insurance premiums for 150,000 residents through a $380 million reinsurance program. That's money that can be used by insurers to pay for some of the costliest claims made by customers who purchased insurance through Maryland’s...

Medicaid Expansion Will Boost Virginia’s Small Businesses, Economy

Citybizlist

The Virginia House of Delegates extended a helping hand to small businesses when it voted today in favor of expanding the state’s Medicaid program because doing so would level the playing field for small businesses, create a healthier and more productive workforce and pump additional money into the state economy.

Medicaid expansion in Virginia is estimated to extend coverage to an additional 400,000 people, many of whom are low-wage working adults. Since so many more working adults would qualify for Medicaid, small businesses that cannot afford to offer their employees health...

Paid family leave legislation would level the playing field for Colorado’s small businesses

Colorado Politics

The Family Medical Leave Insurance Program (FAMLI) is currently advancing through the Colorado General Assembly, and that’s great news for the state’s 570,000 small businesses because this measure would benefit small firms by lowering turnover, boosting productivity and enhancing employee morale.

The FAMLI Act would provide workers with up to 12 weeks of paid leave per year to bond with a new child or take care of an ill relative. Many small employers like this program in part because it wouldn’t cost them any money — the program would be funded through a modest income tax on...

Colorado family leave plan would benefit small biz

Colorado Springs Business Journal

Colorado lawmakers frequently say they want to help local businesses succeed, and this year they have an opportunity to do just that by enacting a statewide family and medical leave insurance program funded by small employee contributions.

Riley: Helping small business employees save for retirement also helps employers

Greeley Tribune

I'm glad Colorado lawmakers are again considering legislation that would make it easier for private-sector workers to save for their golden years.

Not only would this proposal be good for employees who don't currently have retirement benefits, it would also help small business owners like me who can't afford to offer retirement plans.

Mulvaney’s proposed CFPB reforms are bad for small business, too

American Banker

Mick Mulvaney is something of a novelty among Washington bureaucrats: He seems to want less power.

Mulvaney, as acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, just proposed watering down his own agency in order to make it less capable of fulfilling its mission to protect consumers. In doing so, he showed he has no regard for the millions of American small businesses that need fraud protection and want to see Wall Street held accountable for practices that harm our economy.

Small Business Majority Acquires, Expands Educational Online Lending Platform

American Booksellers Association

The Small Business Majority (SBM), a national small business advocacy organization, has introduced expanded resources to Venturize.org, an educational online lending platform that the organization took over in February. The platform aims to help small business owners access the most appropriate lending options. According to SBM, Venturize is designed to take into account the needs of diverse business owners, especially women, entrepreneurs of color, and younger entrepreneurs.

Paid family and medical leave legislation: Evidence from employers

American Enterprise Institute

Our research across states with active or soon-to-be-implemented programs reveals that these worries are unfounded. The potential adverse financial impact of paid family and medical leave on small businesses does not accurately reflect the views from the majority of businesses in the states we surveyed. Researchers Eileen Appelbaum and Ruth Milkman found similar results through their earlier work in California. So, too, did the Small Business Majority, which found that 70% of small business owners and operators support legislation establishing a national paid family and medical leave...

Small Businesses Plan Massive Push for Net Neutrality Ahead of Senate CRA Vote

Common Dreams

Thousands of small businesses, ranging from construction companies to tech startups are planning to deliver an open letter to Congress on Wednesday, May 2nd calling on lawmakers to support the Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution to block the FCC’s repeal of net neutrality.

The nationwide deliveries are supported by a range of groups representing startups and small businesses including the American Sustainable Business Council, Engine Advocacy, Main Street Alliance, Good Business Colorado, and Small Business Majority, along with digital rights nonprofit Fight for the Future....

Small businesses need Congress' help to crack down on fraud

The Hill

In fact, a new scientific opinion poll conducted on behalf of Small Business Majority found 84 percent of small-business owners say the use of shell companies to secure contracts or obtain government set-asides reserved for small businesses is a problem, and 77 percent of small business owners agree Congress should pass legislation that would mandate businesses to disclose the true identity of their owners.

Irvine Foundation Awards $14.2 Million in March Grants

Philanthropy News Digest

The foundation’s March grants include $2.5 million over thirty months to Socius Group to continue its support for the New California Arts Fund, a grantee-led learning community; $3 million over three years to LeadersUp to build its capacity as a talent development intermediary and help shift business practices with respect to the hiring and retention of Opportunity Youth in Los Angeles and the Bay Area; $500,000 over twelve months to the Small Business Majority Foundation to implement a statewide strategy focused on amplifying the efforts of small business to create quality jobs; $750,000...

During Women’s History Month, Let’s Celebrate the Pioneering Women Among Us

Mogul

I wouldn’t be in business today if I didn’t have access to birth control, and I’m not alone. A new scientific opinion poll conducted on behalf of Small Business Majority found 65 percent of African-American and 64 percent of Latina small business owners say access to birth control, and the freedom to decide if and when to have children, has impacted their bottom lines as a business owner. This would not have been possible without the trailblazers who were willing to stand up for women’s rights.

Letter: Bring FAMILI Act home to Colorado

Aurora Sentinel

As the 2018 FAMLI Act moves through the state legislature, I strongly urge Colorado’s legislators to support this legislation.

As the owner of Sweet Action Ice Cream, I know it’s important to treat employees well, but it’s difficult for shops like mine to offer paid leave. The FAMLI Act proposes creating a paid leave program funded by small employee payroll deductions. This gives employees access to a critical benefit with no financial burden on the employer.

Alston & Bird Healthcare Week in Review

JD Supra

On March 20, 2018, the House Education and Workforce Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions held a hearing entitled, Expanding Affordable Care Options: Examining the Department of Labor’s Proposed Rule on Association Health Plans. Witnesses present included John Arensmeyer, Founder & CEO, Small Business Majority; Christopher Condeluci, Principal and Sole Shareholder, CC Law & Policy PLLC; Michael McGrew, National Association of Realtors; and Catherine Monson, CEO, FastSigns International, Inc.

The Biggest Black Business and Other News from Last Week You Should Know

Black Enterprise

A new poll by the Small Business Majority found that birth control and reproductive rights are key to black women’s entrepreneurial success.

Legislators should support paid leave program

The Greeley Tribune

The Colorado House of Representatives will soon vote on the 2018 FAMLI Act (House Bill 1), and as a small business owner, I strongly urge lawmakers to support this legislation. Passing this bill is just good common sense, especially for small business owners and their employees. Here's why.

Health Plan Coverage Dominates Hill Debate on Labor Dept. Rule

Bloomberg BNA

A Labor Department proposed rule that would make it easier for small businesses to band together to provide health insurance--thus getting the volume breaks large employers enjoy--had its first checkup ever on Capitol Hill. Several stakeholders offered their prognoses at a House subcommittee hearing.

John Arensmeyer, founder and CEO of the advocacy group Small Business Majority, echoed Blunt, saying that without a minimum benefit requirement, plan sponsors could intentionally exclude people by not offering certain benefits. “The plans could exclude services for maternity coverage or...

Association Health Plans Advance Over Hospital Concerns

Healthcare Financial Management Association

The National Association of Insurance Commissioners and the American Academy of Actuaries have warned that expanding AHPs could attract healthier people and leave sicker people to access individual and small-group market plans. If that were to occur, the price of individual and small-group products would increase given the concentrated risk pool, ultimately harming the viability of those markets. A February Avalere analysis concluded that up to 4.3 million people who are enrolled in the individual and small-group markets would shift to AHP coverage under the rule by 2022.

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