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Newsletter: July, 2012

In This Issue

  Letter from John

  Healthcare

  Clean Energy

  Washington

  News Clips

Washington

  On July 19, the White House launched a website open for comments on how federal agencies can streamline regulations. Our opinion polling reveals 73 percent of entrepreneurs support one-stop electronic filing of government paperwork, which would help streamline regulatory processes.

  On July 9, the president requested that Congress extend tax cuts benefiting entrepreneurs and the middle class, while eliminating cuts for earners with annual income exceeding $250,000—which small firms favor. A member of our network spoke out in support.

News Clips

  Small Business Majority council member: ending tax breaks for $250K-plus earners won’t impact small business
Fox Business
7.19.2012

  How SHOP Exchange Can Best Serve Small Business
California Healthline
7.16.2012

  Health Care, Tax Cuts and Your Bottom Line
MSNBC
7.15.2012

  Biz Talk: John Arensmeyer
CBS Radio
7.12.2012

  Poll: Overwhelming Majority Of Michigan Small Businesses Support Increase In State’s Clean Energy Target
Think Progress
7.19.2012<

  After Blocking Small Business Jobs Bill, Congress Must Do Something to Help Entrepreneurs
Huffington Post
7.16.2012

  The key to attracting economic development: outdoors access
Denver Post
7.10.2012

  Supreme Court Backs Obamacare
Yahoo! Small Business Advisor
7.9.2012

  Viewpoints: State insurance exchange can learn from big employers
Sacramento Bee
7.8.2012

  Supreme Court Ruling to Uphold Affordable Care Act an Affirmation for Small Business
Huffington Post
7.3.2012

  Small business opinion: Ruling means companies can focus on growth, not coverage
Washington Post
7.2.2012

  John Arensmeyer on business opportunities provided by Arizona’s public lands
Money Radio
6.28.2012

Letter from John Arensmeyer

The Supreme Court’s ruling to uphold the Affordable Care Act means we’re moving full speed ahead educating entrepreneurs about the law and reminding lawmakers that it must be implemented right to best serve small businesses.

I recently had interviews with MSNBC’s Your Business and CBS Radio to discuss the future of healthcare for entrepreneurs now that they know reform is here to stay, and I spoke on a press call we hosted the day after the ruling that had a huge turnout of both reporters and small business owners.

Our recent poll on entrepreneurs’ views of the law continues garnering media attention. Since releasing it last month, we’ve put out four more polls on other important issues: a Pennsylvania survey released today that shows small business owners believe government investing in clean energy can create jobs, a Michigan survey that found three-quarters of Michigan entrepreneurs support increasing the state renewable energy standard to 25% by 2025, and polling in Nevada and Arizona that found small employers favor energy development policies that ensure protections for public lands.

While advocating for smart clean energy policies small business owners favor, we’ve also been voicing support for a number of fiscal policies on lawmakers’ radar that have the potential to boost small firms’ bottom lines. However, some lawmakers continue playing politics. We were disappointed with the Senate’s failure to pass the Small Business Jobs and Tax Relief Act, but there are still opportunities to help small business.

Knowing that improved access to credit is one of the things entrepreneurs need, we hosted several webinars this month to help them better understand the credit landscape. We have plenty of webinars on additional topics planned throughout the summer. Visit our website to see what we’ll be up to next: http://www.smallbusinessmajority.org.

HEALTHCARE

  • On July 12, Small Business Majority and a host of other business groups sent a joint letter to the executive director of California’s health insurance exchange board, urging the board to take California small businesses’ needs into careful consideration as it prepared for its July 19 meeting on the SHOP exchange.
  • On July 11, we put out a statement on why the House of Representatives’ vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act does nothing constructive for small businesses struggling with skyrocketing healthcare costs. Prior to the vote, we sent a letter to members of Congress urging them to vote down repeal.
  • Following the Supreme Court decision on June 28 to uphold the Affordable Care Act—a decision small business owners support—we held a press call where John joined small business owners and an attorney specializing in constitutional law, to discuss how the court’s ruling will impact the future of healthcare for entrepreneurs.
  • On June 28, in partnership with the California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce, David Chase and the California Listening Tour made a stop in the San Fernando Valley to discuss the Affordable Care Act with local small business owners.

CLEAN ENERGY

  • Today, we released Pennsylvania opinion polling that found the state’s small business owners strongly support government investments in clean energy and believe such investments have an important role in creating jobs and boosting the economy.
  • And on July 17, we released polling that found Michigan’s entrepreneurs overwhelmingly support increasing the state renewable energy standard to 25% by 2025, a measure expected to be on the November ballot.
  • On July 11, we released an opinion poll of Nevada small business owners that found these entrepreneurs view public lands as important to their financial success and Nevada’s economy, and the majority find the president’s ‘all-of-the-above’ energy development strategy most appealing if it includes provisions to protect those lands. The week prior, we released an Arizona opinion poll that found similar results. John discussed the Arizona poll results on Money Radio, and wrote a letter to the editor of The Denver Post on similar polling we did in Colorado.
  • On June 26, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled in favor of clean air standards established by the Environmental Protection Agency that will increase fuel efficiency and reduce carbon pollution from power plants—measures that are strongly supported by small business owners.

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