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by Ellyn Fortino
4:44pm
Mon Sep 21, 2015

Rauner's Child Care Cuts Could Deal Economic Blow To Illinois, Say Small Business Advocates

Advocates for low-income working families in need of affordable daycare are sounding the alarm over the potential economic impacts of the Rauner administration's recent cuts to the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP).

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner's CCAP restrictions, which will shut out an estimated 90 percent of new applicants from the program, "will harm the Illinois economy and cost taxpayers more in the long run," SEIU* Healthcare Illinois Vice President James Muhammad said on a Monday morning conference call.

He was joined on the call by small business advocates from the Main Street Alliance and Small Business Advocacy Council as well as a policy expert from Innovation Illinois, a Chicago-based progressive think tank.

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by Ellyn Fortino
6:50pm
Tue Apr 9, 2013

Small Business Owners Talk Corporate Tax Reform, Offshore Havens Via New Poll

America’s small business owners overwhelmingly oppose the use of offshore tax havens by large corporations and support closing loopholes to end the tax-dodging practice, a new poll from the American Sustainable Business Council and Main Street Alliance shows.

The poll of 515 small business owners from across the country comes as Congress attempts to address tax reform. Gov. Pat Quinn is also looking to close a few corporate tax loopholes at the local level.

“There’s widespread agreement that the current tax system is broken and is not serving the best interests of the economy or the country,” said Joshua Welter, director of special projects for the Main Street Alliance. “There is growing momentum to do something this year.”