Today, Montana Governor Steve Bullock signed SB 405 into law, making Montana the 29th state in the country to expand health coverage for low-income residents through Medicaid expansion. Thanks to this bill, up to 70,000 Montana residents who are currently uninsured will be eligible for quality, affordable health coverage for the first time. It’s aContinue reading “Today in Montana: Big Win on Medicaid Expansion”
Author Archives: Sam Blair
From Grape Boycott to Great Buy-cott: Colorado Groups Bring New Spin to Old Idea in Campaign for Immigration Reform
The grape boycotts organized by the United Farm Workers in the late 1960s were part of a groundbreaking strategy to engage consumers in the fight for fair treatment for immigrant farmworkers. Fast forward to 2013, and groups in Colorado campaigning for economy-boosting immigration reform with a path to citizenship are putting a new spin onContinue reading “From Grape Boycott to Great Buy-cott: Colorado Groups Bring New Spin to Old Idea in Campaign for Immigration Reform”
Small Business Groups Continue to Press Case for Economy-Boosting Immigration Reform
As the debate about immigration reform moves from the Senate, which passed a comprehensive reform package (S. 744) on June 27, to the House of Representatives, small business groups across the country are continuing to make the case for common sense, economy-boosting immigration reform.
Small Business Owners Support Immigration Reform with Roadmap to Citizenship
Small business owners across the country are weighing in on the immigration debate. Their message: small businesses support immigration reform with a roadmap to citizenship. At May Day rallies tomorrow, around the country, small business leaders will be addressing the crowds; speaking up for comprehensive immigration reform. It seems a good moment to remind ourselvesContinue reading “Small Business Owners Support Immigration Reform with Roadmap to Citizenship”
Montana Small Business Owners Weigh in on Tax Debate
Small business owners in the Montana Small Business Alliance have been making their mark in the national tax debate.
Maine Small Business Owners Challenge Political Intervention by U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Members of the Maine Small Business Coalition are challenging the political intervention of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce after it announced a $400,000 attack ad in the race for the open Senate seat in Maine left by the retirement of Olympia Snowe at the end of this year. The 3,400-strong MSBC had a clear messageContinue reading “Maine Small Business Owners Challenge Political Intervention by U.S. Chamber of Commerce”
Bogus Claims About Small Business and the Bush Tax Cuts for the Top 2 Percent
The debate about the Bush tax cuts for the top 2 percent of income earners (with annual household income over $250,000) is heating up in Washington, DC, and with it the rhetoric about how ending these special breaks might affect small businesses. Indeed, opponents of ending the special breaks at the top are making doomsdayContinue reading “Bogus Claims About Small Business and the Bush Tax Cuts for the Top 2 Percent”
Cupcake Royale Owner to Congress: Move Forward on Health Care
Cross-posted from Main Street Alliance Congressional testimony may seem a long ways away from cupcake baking, but not for Jody Hall. Hall, owner of Seattle’s fast-growing Cupcake Royale and a leader with the Main Street Alliance of Washington, traveled to Washington, DC on May 31 to testify about health care reform before a House committee.
Straight Talk on Taxes with Small Business Owners
It’s tax season. And that means tax policy is at the center of the public debate. So are claims about how changes to the tax code will affect small businesses. To separate fact from fiction, the Main Street Alliance released a pair of new “straight talk” fact sheets addressing topics relating to small business andContinue reading “Straight Talk on Taxes with Small Business Owners”
Small Businesses Stand Up for Health Care
Small business leaders in the Main Street Alliance network stood up to be counted on health care over the last ten days as the Affordable Care Act’s two year anniversary led into oral arguments at the Supreme Court.