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Small-business survey: End tax loopholes for big corporations

Business Record

The survey of more than 500 randomly selected small-business owners was conducted on behalf of Small Business Majority, an advocacy group founded and run by small-business owners.



The lion’s share of small businesses — nearly 85 percent — that responded to a poll for Small Business Majority believe large corporations unfairly benefit from current tax laws compared to smaller companies. But about three-quarters are in favor of a one-time, 10 percent tax on overseas profits booked abroad to avoid the top corporate rate of 35 percent, as long as lawmakers eliminate the so-called lockout effect going forward. Reducing health care costs ranked atop respondents’ wish list for Congress to work on, ahead of taxes. The poll, conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research for...

Small businesses need paid leave

The News & Observer

A scientific poll by the Small Business Majority and the Center for American Progress in March of this year showed that a whopping 70 percent of small-business owners support the idea of a policy that would provide employees with access to paid time off for personal or family medical situations. Paid family medical leave also has the support of a large and bipartisan majority of the general American public.

President Trump Signs Executive Order Allowing Association Health Plans

American Booksellers Association

Not all small business organizations were supportive of the executive order. John Arensmeyer of the Small Business Majority criticized the order, saying it was bad for small business. “While President Trump’s order would make it easier for a few select small businesses with younger and/or healthier employees to purchase association health plans that might be cheaper in other states,” he stressed, “the tradeoff is that this would result in the emergence of parallel insurance markets for small businesses, leading to major spikes in premiums for small firms that remain in the small-group...

What Really Helps Women Succeed at Work? Access to Birth Control.


A new poll out from Small Business Majority surveyed more than 500 female entrepreneurs and found that more than half of the women (56 percent) say that access to birth control and the ability to decide if and when to have children allowed them to advance in their careers and start their businesses. Women-led small businesses are one of the fastest-growing segments of the economy, projected to create about one-third of all new jobs between 2010 and 2018.

Exclusive: Majority of female small business owners say birth control key to professional success

Yahoo Health

The Trump administration moved last week to make it easier for employers to deny their workers contraception coverage. But according to new research, one group of employers feels very strongly about the need for birth control coverage: women.

New polling conducted by Small Business Majority, an organization that advocates for policy solutions that bolster the economy, female small business owners not only support birth control coverage but also cite it as a critical factor in their own ability to advance their careers and start their businesses.

Five hundred and seven female...

National Monument Policy Fight Moves to Congress

Daily Yonder

“Rather than undermining the Antiquities Act and putting federally-protected lands in jeopardy, Washington should be focusing on creating new parks, expanding outdoor recreational opportunities and helping protect the public lands that draw in visitors and give an economic boost to their communities,” John Arensmeyer, founder and CEO of Small Business Majority, stated in an email.

“Small business owners—who account for nearly half of all private-sector employment in this country—understand the connection between the preservation of public lands and the benefit that brings to their...

What Trump’s Health Care Order Means For Small Businesses


Small Business Majority also warns that these plans may result in higher costs for small businesses that choose to remain in the small-group market, saying in a statement that “The tradeoff is that this would result in the emergence of parallel insurance markets for small businesses.”

Trump doesn’t need a bill in order to kill the ACA.

The New Republic

Trump claims this change will support small business owners, but at least one advocacy group isn’t convinced. In a statement to the New Republic, Small Business Majority Founder and CEO John Arensmyer said Trump’s order “would result in the emergence of parallel insurance markets for small businesses, leading to major spikes in premiums for small firms that remain in the small-group market.” Arensmyer added that the plans offered “fewer consumer safeguards” and concluded, “This administration has shown once again that it cannot and will not accept a simple truth: The ACA has helped...

Trump’s Order Advances GOP Go-To Ideas To Broaden Insurance Choices, Curb Costs

Kaiser Health News

“The truth is, that’s how they get insurance today and it’s called the small group market. Every state has one,” said David Chase, spokesman for Small Business Majority, a group that supports the ACA.

“What association plans would do is actually pull people out of those small group pools and start a bunch of new pools. That doesn’t band people together,” he added.

Governor Signs Jackson Bill for Parental Leave


An opinion poll, released this year from Small Business Majority and the Center for American Progress, showed that a majority of small business owners — 71 percent — support expanding job protection for family and medical leave to businesses with 20 or more employees.

D.C. business leaders weigh in on paid leave's proposed changes

Washington Business Journal

Erik Rettig, the Northeast/Mid-Atlantic director of the Small Business Majority, urged the council to move forward with implementation rather than entertaining alternatives to the paid leave law, which he said is "the most affordable way for their companies to provide paid leave to their employees."

Texas lawmakers, businesses react to rollback of Obamacare birth control mandate

Dallas Morning News

The new rule allowing them to choose whether to opt out of birth control coverage could lead to a "very slippery slope" where companies seek to pick and choose what parts of the law to follow, said John Arensmeyer, CEO of the Small Business Majority, a coalition of about 55,000 small business members in the U.S. That would further disrupt marketplaces.

Those at the top need it least

Colorado Springs Gazette

Although many are claiming that the president's latest tax reform proposal will be a boon to small businesses, as an entrepreneur here in Colorado Springs, I know this plan will really only benefit large corporations and wealthy individuals (Re: "Get Started: Tax plan gets mixed small business reception").

In particular, the proposal's plan to cut the corporate and pass-through rates to 20 percent and 25 percent, respectively, is not going to benefit small businesses like mine. Because most small businesses are organized as pass through entities and the vast...

Small Business Owners With Children Know the Struggle for Work-Life Balance is Real

The Huffington Post

Starting a business and starting a family at the same time is no easy feat. Just ask Chanceé Lundy, a new mom who is also co-owner of Nspiregreen LLC in Washington, D.C.

“The cost of child care can be incredibly burdensome for small businesses, especially in large cities,” Chanceé said. “Since I had a child, I’ve had to be very disciplined in juggling my time–particularly because child care facilities where I live are very expensive and typically have a waiting list of one year or more. This can be crippling to a new business owner who did not foresee these issues.”

Letters: Small businesses support parental leave legislation

Sacramento Bee

Re “Union power on display in California’s just-completed legislative session” (sacbee.com, Sept. 18): We hope Gov. Jerry Brown signs Senate Bill 63 into law. It would expand California’s unpaid leave law, and ensure that more employees who use California’s paid family leave program would be guaranteed job protection. Small Business Majority’s polling found 70 percent of small businesses nationwide are in favor of legislation such as SB 63. Small employers know it makes good business sense to take care of their employees, which is why we urge the governor to sign SB 63.

GOP tax cut: Small biz boon or loophole for rich and Trump?

Associated Press

“That’s not a very targeted way to benefit most small businesses,” said John Arensmeyer, CEO of Small Business Majority. The proposed rate cut wouldn’t help most small companies, he said, because the top current rate of 39.6 percent is paid by less than 2 percent of them.

Get Started: Tax plan gets mixed small business reception

AP (Hosted)

The Small Business Majority said the plan would not help most small companies.

“The current top rate is paid by less than 2 percent of pass-through business owners. Nearly 9 in 10 businesses that pass through their income already pay at the 25 percent rate or less,” said the group’s CEO, John Arensmeyer.

Small Business Owner Asks Congress to Keep Obamacare

Nevada Appeal

As a small business owner, I'm disappointed that Sen. Heller cosponsored the latest effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

The ACA has been essential to the success of many entrepreneurs like me, and replacing it with a sub-par plan would be detrimental to the small business community.

Before the passage of the ACA, I had trouble finding health insurance because I was continuously denied due to my pre-existing conditions. But the ACA has been a Godsend. My consistent and reliable coverage has allowed me to remain healthy and completely focused on my small...

Steve Mnuchin tried to bury a number that tells you whom Trump's tax plan is really for

Business Insider

But under Trump's proposal, Jones wouldn't pay any more than 25%. As the advocacy group The Small Business Majority notes, only about 4% of "small businesses" in this country pay a tax rate of 28% or higher for their so-called pass-through businesses. So they get a tax cut, while everyone else gets nothing. No change.