The Progressive


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For Immediate Release

Small Business Owners Oppose Unconscionable Tax Bill


In response to the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, Amanda Ballantyne, National Director of Main Street Alliance, a national network of small business owners, issued the following statement:

"After buying off the last few holdout GOP Senators, Republicans in Congress are rushing to pass this historically unpopular bill designed to benefit the wealthy and corporations at the expense of small business owners and the middle class. This bill will strip healthcare from millions of Americans and squeeze working families, making the economy tougher for small business owners.

Loaded with complex new loopholes and special interest kick-backs, this bill betrays the economic interests and wellbeing of everyday Americans, while lavishing outrageous, permanent benefits on big corporations and the wealthy. This unconscionable bill is not the tax reform that Main Street needs.

Main Street Alliance small business owners across the country have long advocated against this bill, which fails to provide real solutions for small businesses. Republicans in Congress squandered an opportunity to close loopholes and set up a fairer tax code that could support improved infrastructure, education, healthcare investments and benefit small business owners."

The Main Street Alliance (MSA) is a national network of small business coalitions working to build a new voice for small businesses on important public policy issues. Main Street Alliance members are working throughout the country to build policies that work for business owners, their employees, and the communities they serve.