Maine Small Business Coalition member Melanie Collins traveled to Washington, D.C. today to participate in a rally calling on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to disclose its funding sources and stop its opposition to financial disclosure reform. Marking the U.S. Chamber's 100th birthday, Collins joined with grassroots organizations representing members across the country to deliver a message to the U.S Chamber that acting as a funnel for secret corporate money makes it more difficult for small business owners to participate in the political process.
As small business owners, we advocate for policies that promote responsible economic development, environmental stewardship, and investment in community. We are the backbone of Maine’s economy, and we help provide a political voice for Maine’s small business community. We believe that good economic policy works both for small business owners and the customers they serve.
Business Owners Share Personal Experiences with Rate Hike Law
When the health insurance premiums for Lisa McSwain's small construction company increased by 27% this year, she knew she would have to make a tough decision.
"We've managed to hold on and to provide coverage to our six employees for 18 years, but this rate hike might be the final blow. We might have to drop coverage," said McSwain, speaking at a Boothbay press conference in Whales Park held by local business owners who are members of the Maine Small Business Coalition.
Business Owners in Gorham, Westbrook and Scarborough Oppose Insurance Company Influence
Members of the Maine Small Business Coalition from Scarborough, Westbrook and Gorham gathered at The Gorham Grind coffee shop today to hold a press conference in response to $21,000 in attack ads in the local State Senate race funded by Anthem insurance company and targeting Gorham small business owner Jim Boyle.
Health Insurance Industry Gave Heavily to Supporters of Bill
Last month, a report from Consumers for Affordable Health Care showed the effect of Public Law 90, the health insurance rate hike bill. It documented that 90 percent of small business owners have already experienced premium increases, with small businesses in rural areas and older employees the hardest hit.
Real Effects of Rate Hike Law Even Worse
A report released today by Consumers for Affordable Health Care provides even more evidence showing that the health insurance rate hike bill passed last session has had a devastating effect on Maine small businesses, with 90% of business owners who renewed their plans experiencing increases in their premiums, including more than 96% of businesses in eastern, northern and western Maine.