With first floor votes on the bi-partisan Senate Gang of Eight’s immigration package scheduled for this afternoon in the U.S. Senate, the Maine Small Business Coalition released the following statements from small business owners on the unfolding immigration debate
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.
Members of the Maine Small Business Coalition gathered at the Tawakal Store in Portland today to react to the results of a new national poll of small business owners on the issue of immigration reform.
A new report released by members of the Maine Small Business Coalition (MSBC) today shows that more than a third of Maine small business owners are over the age of 55 and increasingly rely on important social programs like Medicare and Social Security to maintain economic security.
To the Honorable Members of the Joint Standing Committee on the Environment and Natural Resources,
Dear Senator Collins and Senator King,
Throughout our nation’s history, generations of new American business owners and workers have helped build strong local economies and strong communities. Today, outdated and out-of-touch immigration policies are hindering our economic progress instead of fueling it. It’s time for common-sense, comprehensive immigration reform that works for small businesses and our local economies.
The Maine Small Business Coalition believes that immigration reform should: