Opinion Polling Shows Small Business Owners Support Ending Government Subsidies to Oil and Gas Companies

John Arensmeyer

John Arensmeyer

Original statement issued on March 29, 2012:

Small business owners strongly support ending government subsidies to gas and oil companies, with 73 percent agreeing tax breaks for oil and gas companies should be eliminated and 60 percent supporting the idea even if it means a small increase in gas prices, according to opinion polling released today by Small Business Majority.

The polling, which was conducted over the past week in six states (Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Colorado, Virginia and Nevada), comes on the heels of a statement President Obama made in the White House Rose Garden Thursday urging Congress to end tax breaks to the largest oil companies. Despite this strong support, the Senate failed to pass a bill that would do just that in a 51-47 vote Thursday. The majority of senators stood with small businesses to end subsidies, however a 60-vote majority was needed to pass the bill.

Large oil and gas companies have been and continue to post record profits, while our primary job creators are struggling to stay afloat. Instead of providing tax breaks to these large firms we should be focusing on measures that will directly benefit small businesses competing in a modern, innovative, clean energy-based 21st Century economy. Lawmakers need to start listening to what small business owners are saying and act accordingly.

Additional findings include:

  • 41 percent strongly favor eliminating subsidies, while only 10 percent strongly oppose
  • 32 percent strongly favor eliminating subsidies even if it means an increase in gas prices, while only 18 percent strongly oppose

For more information on the poll, visit http://www.smallbusinessmajority.org/small-business-research/clean-energy/

New Greenhouse Gas Rules Can Create Opportunities for Small Businesses

John Arensmeyer

John Arensmeyer

Original statement issued on March 26, 2012:

Rules proposed today by the Environmental Protection Agency that would limit greenhouse gas emissions from new power plants will help spur innovation and provide opportunities for small businesses to grow. What’s more, rules such as these are supported by a majority of small businesses—our primary job creators.

National opinion polling we released in September found 76 percent of small business owners support the EPA regulating carbon emissions under the Clean Air Act. Another 87 percent believe improving innovation and energy efficiency are good ways to increase prosperity for small businesses.

The Clean Air Act, under the direction of the EPA, has had a successful 40-year record of safeguarding our economic interests, along with the public health. It has created an atmosphere conducive to entrepreneurism, spurred the innovation of new American technologies and supported a massive increase in our nation’s gross domestic product.

Small business owners know the future of small business depends on change and innovation, which is why they support bold policies that will provide new business opportunities for increased investment in low and no-carbon technologies, as well as those that promote energy efficiency. They realize change and innovation will help stimulate our flagging economy.

Virtual, Easy-to-Use Brochure Walks Small Businesses Through Ins and Outs of Healthcare Reform Law

John Arensmeyer

John Arensmeyer

Original statement issued on March 23, 2012:

Today, Small Business Majority released an easy-to-use online resource called the “Actual Factual brochure,” which small business owners can use to learn how the 2-year-old healthcare reform law impacts their businesses.

National small business advocacy organization Small Business Majority released a virtual version of the Actual Factual brochure, which was developed and produced by Ascension Health, the largest nonprofit health system in the nation. Presented in an easy-to-use flipbook format that can be accessed from all mobile devices, it puts important information about the law at small business owners’ fingertips.

“The nation’s small businesses are critical to achieving 100 percent access to healthcare,” said Susan Nestor Levy, Chief Advocacy Officer, Ascension Health and Executive Vice President, Ascension Health Alliance.“To help spread the word about the provisions in the law that help small businesses provide health insurance to their employees, Ascension Health developed the Actual Factual brochure. By making it available in a virtual, easy to flip-through format, we hope even more small businesses will learn about the law and take advantage of the provisions aimed at helping them.”

The healthcare landscape is shifting as the market adjusts to provisions of the Affordable Care Act, signed into law on March 23, 2010. The Actual Factual brochure, which details provisions of healthcare reform pertinent to small businesses, walks small business owners through the ACA provisions such as healthcare tax credits, small business exchanges and various cost containment measures aimed at lowering costs throughout the system.

“As the Affordable Care Act continues bringing changes to the healthcare system, it’s essential to disseminate clear information about how this law impacts our job creators,” said Small Business Majority CEO John Arensmeyer. “This brochure allows them to have this information literally at their fingertips, so wherever they are—be it their business, a job site or meeting with clients—if they have questions about the law they can access a resource that will give them clear, easy-to-understand answers.”

Small Businesses Lose Strong Supporter with Snowe’s Retirement

John Arensmeyer

John Arensmeyer

Statement by John Arensmeyer on February 29, 2012:

“Sen. Olympia Snowe has been a strong small business advocate throughout her career.  We’re sorry to see a supporter of the small business community go, especially during these challenging economic times. We appreciate the way she worked on important small business issues in a bipartisan fashion.”