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Press Releases

"New Poll Shows Small Business Owners Favor Immigration Reform with Roadmap to Citizenship" (April 2, 2013)

"Congressman Payne and NJ Small Business Owners Discuss New Report on Retirement Security" (March 27, 2013)

"Small Business Owners in NJ Call on Congress to Pass $51 Billion Sandy Relief Package" (January 15, 2013)

In The News

"Elizabeth Becomes 10th City In NJ To Guarantee Earned Sick Time For All" (TAPinto.net – November 4, 2015)

"City Requires Local Small Businesses To Have Sick Days" (The Hudson Reporter – November 1, 2015)

"Sweeney, Sarlo & Turner Hold Roundtable On Retirement Security" (Shore News Magazine – October 29, 2015)

"Jersey City Extends Right To Earned Paid Sick Time" (PolitickerNJ – October 28, 2015)

"Sweeney-Turner Retirement Savings Plan Advances" (PolitickerNJ – October 5, 2015)

"Paid Sick Leave In Jersey City Off To Healthy Start, Rutgers Report Concludes" (NJ Spotlight – April 10, 2015)

"Jersey Shore Merchants Criticize Chris Christie Over Remarks About Sandy Business Grant" (Star-Ledger – March 25, 2014)

"For Christie, More Protests, A More Visible Police Presence" (Star-Ledger – March 18, 2014)

"Sandy Aid Must Be Meted Out Faster, Menendez Says" (Press of Atlantic City – March 13, 2014)

"Head Of NJ Business Grant Program Defends Its Work" (Courier-Post – March 13, 2014)

"Head Of Business Grant Program Defends Its Work" (Daily Record – March 13, 2014)

"Small Business Owners Lash Out At Sandy Aid Delays" (Asbury Park Press – March 13, 2014)

"N.J. Small Businesses Say Sandy Grants Don't Add Up" (Press of Atlantic City – March 12, 2014)

"NJ's Federal Sandy Aid Not Reaching Small Businesses Fast Enough, Says Interest Group" (Star-Ledger – February 13, 2014)

"NJ Minimum Wage Hike Criticized By Business Groups" (Asbury Park Press – October 4, 2013)

"Coalition Of State Businesses Seeks Nominations For Newly Created Immigrant Entrepreneur Awards" (The Times of Trenton – July 24, 2013)

"Gov. Chris Christie's Tax Proposal 'Smacks Of Pandering,' New Brunswick Protestors Say" (Star-Ledger – April 15, 2013)

"Immigration Overhaul Will Boost Business, Panel Says" (The Record / NorthJersey.com – April 4, 2013)

"Tax Loopholes Let NJ Corporations Park $122B In Offshore Accounts, Report Says" (Asbury Park Press – April 4, 2013)

"Offshore Tax Havens Cost Small Businesses Thousands, Study Says" (NJBIZ – April 4, 2013)

"GOP-Backed Benefit Cuts Called Harmful To Small Businesses In NJ" (NJ Spotlight – March 27, 2013)

"Bill To Let Sandy Victims Sue Insurers Over Claims Handling Sparks Debate" (Star-Ledger – March 10, 2013)

"Citizen Action Education Fund Connects Small Businesses To Sandy Recovery Resources With Store-To-Store Outreach Program" (MyCentralJersey.com – February 13, 2013)

"Seventy N.J. Small Business Owners Call For End To Corporate Loopholes, Expiration Of Tax Breaks For Top 2 Percent" (New Jersey Newsroom – December 19, 2012)

"Economists Warn Going Over The 'Fiscal Cliff' Could Spark Recession" (MyCentralJersey.com – December 19, 2012)

"New Jersey Legislature Poised To Pass A Resolution Calling For A Constitutional Amendment To Overturn Citizens United v. FEC" (Common Dreams Progressive Newswire – October 20, 2012)

"Small-Business Owners Press For Health Care Exchange Law" (The Record / NorthJersey.com – September 19, 2012)

"N.J. Business Owners Urge Christie To Set Up Health Insurance Exchange" (Newsworks – September 19, 2012)

"Business Community Split On Christie's Veto Of Health Exchanges" (NJBIZ – May 10, 2012)

"New Jersey Citizen Action Supports 'The New Jersey Health Benefit Exchange Act'" (Small Business Owners – March 1, 2012)

"Taking The First Steps Toward A New Jersey Health Exchange" (NJ Spotlight – September 15, 2011)

"Health Insurance Rates Continue Climbing, And Companies Look For Savings To Offer Customers" (Star-Ledger – June 1, 2011)

"Transparency v. Free Speech" (National Journal – May 23, 2011)

"Key Small Business Group Missing From Big Lobbying Battle Of The Year" (The Hill – May 22, 2011)

"Contractor Disclosure Will Level Playing Field For Small Business" (The Hill — May 20, 2011)

"Hearing Underrepresented Small Business, Leaders Say" (Roll Call – May 12, 2011)

"Tax Reform Should Level The Playing Field For Small Business" (The Hill – April 18, 2011)

"The Affordable Care Act: One Year Later" (NJ Spotlight – April 1, 2011)

"Health Care Reform: One Year Later" (The Root – March 23, 2011)

"Small Business Health Care Birthday Event in New Jersey" (My9 WWOR TV – March 23, 2011 VIDEO NEWS INTERVIEW)

"Health Care Reform On Its First Anniversary" (WBAI Evening News – March 22, 2011 AUDIO NEWS INTERVIEW)

"Health Care Repeal Would Kill Off Tax Breaks" (CNNMoney – January 20, 2011)

"Activists Urge Runyan To Buck GOP's Bid To Repeal Health Care Bill" (Asbury Park Press – January 19, 2011)

"Honk For Health Care" (Mt. Laurel Sun – January 18, 2011)

"Protesters Urge Runyan To Vote Against Health Care Repeal" (Burlington County Times – January 18, 2011)

"Groups To Lobby Runyan To Oppose Repeal Of Health Overhaul" (Courier-Post – January 17, 2011)

"Small Business Owners Bust Myths On Bush Tax Cuts" (NewsBlaze – November 12, 2010)

"Let Bush Tax Cuts Expire, Business Group Says" (NJBIZ – November 10, 2010)

"Tax Cuts For The Rich" (Asbury Park Press – November 10, 2010)

"Rally To Support Investing In Local Jobs, Not Tax Cuts For The Rich" (WBAI Evening News – November 10, 2010 AUDIO NEWS INTERVIEW)

"N.J. Small-Business Group To Dress 'Like Millionaires' To Show They're Not Rich" (Star-Ledger – November 9, 2010)

"What's At Stake In Congress? Jobs, Income, Financial Security!" (WBAI Evening News – November 3, 2010 AUDIO NEWS INTERVIEW)

"Survey Reports 93 Percent Of Small Business Owners Will Vote Tuesday" (The Record / NorthJersey.com – October 31, 2010)

"Report Shows EPA's Clean Air Act Significantly Benefits Economy" (PR Newswire – October 5, 2010)

"How Basel III Will Affect Bankers And Consumers" (American Public Media – September 30, 2010 with AUDIO NEWS SEGMENT)

NOTE: Read earlier Quality Health Care For All news articles at NJCA in the News.

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About the New Jersey Main Street Alliance

ImageThe NJ Main Street Alliance (NJMSA) is a coalition of over 1400 small business owners and sole-proprietors throughout the state who are working to create opportunities to speak for themselves on important policy issues. The NJMSA, is a project of NJ Citizen Action and a member of the National Main Street Alliance, a network of small business coalitions in 15 states with over 10,000 members nationwide. Since its inception in August 2008, this coalition has successfully influenced the federal policy debate over health care reform and is now expanding to have a voice on issues such as financial reform, responsible taxes, clean energy, job creation, and economic recovery.

Our coalition is governed by a seven person Steering Committee and is currently establishing a 35member Advisory Council. The Steering Committee is charged with setting policies and making decisions for the members based on the recommendations of the Advisory Council. The Advisory Council is responsible for electing the members of the Steering Committee and helping to identify campaign issues.

Through personal stories, surveys and reports — the NJ Main Street Alliance is dedicated to educating the public and New Jersey's elected officials about the need to advance policies that work for small business, our employees, families, and communities. NJMSA members have been featured on television networks such as MSNBC and CNN, in dozens of newspapers including the Wall Street Journal and The New York Times, have testified before Congress in Washington, DC and have been invited to meet with White House staff on several occasions.

For more information, please contact: Corinne Horowitz at 732-246-4772 x25 or corinne@njcitizenaction.org.

NEW! Read the New Jersey Main Street Alliance Blog for more information about issues, research, and the latest developments!

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Health Care Reform Law Benefits Business

NJ Main Street Alliance Steering Committee member Dr. Odette Cohen with Democratic Steering and Policy Committee Co-Chair, Congressman George MillerOn Tuesday January 18, 2011, small business owner and NJ Main Street Alliance Steering Committee member Dr. Odette Cohen testified before the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee, chaired by Leader Nancy Pelosi, to explain how the new health care reform law is benefitting her business.

Odette explained how the new health care tax credits available beginning this year are helping her to grow her medical practice and support her local economy. She also shared a very personal story illustrating how, without equal access to affordable health care, the choice to work for a small employer versus a big business can be a life or death decision.

View the C-Span video of Odette's testimony — PLEASE NOTE that there is no direct "jump link" to Odette, so go to the left-side section named "TRANSCRIPT" and scroll down to 00:44:37 for the seven-minute segment "Cohen, Odette M.D. — Pediatrician, Willingboro."


You can also view photos of the event on Flickr.

Later that afternoon, Leader Pelosi referenced Odette's story in her statement on the floor of the House of Representatives during the debate leading up to the health care repeal vote. Read Leader Pelosi's statement.

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ImageOn March 23, 2010 President Barack Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act into law. The bill will give healthcare to 32 million Americans and save over 30,000 lives per year. For full details on the bill, click here.

Small businesses have much to gain from health reform. The final health reform package makes small businesses big winners by ending discrimination, promoting affordability, expanding choice and containing costs. Find out 5 things every small business should know about health care reform here.

Thank you to all of the members of the NJ Main Street Alliance for helping to win this historic victory!

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Our National Survey Report "Taking the Pulse of Main Street"

ReportOn January 15, 2009, at the Trenton Statehouse, the NJ Main Street Alliance released its national survey report, Taking the Pulse of Main Street: Small Businesses, Health Insurance, and Priorities for Reform (7.4MB download).

This report was conducted on nearly 1,200 small business owners and self-employed individuals in 12 states throughout the country. It focuses on small business owners' perspective on health care — their current health care experiences and preferred methods of reform.

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What Can Small Business Owners Do to Fix the Current Broken System?

StreetSmall business owners are the experts on the broken health care system. No one knows as well as small business owners do how badly our health care system is broken. Small businesses are routinely left vulnerable to the premium hikes, benefit cuts, coverage denials and administrative nightmares that are commonplace in the health care system today.

The voices of New Jersey's small business owners need to be heard. No small business owner acting alone can surmount these challenges. But together, we can make a difference. It will take hard work and commitment, but together we can do our part. That is the promise of a united voice of small business owners across New Jersey coming together to fix the broken health care system.

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Why Care About Small Businesses and Health Care?

Small businesses are the heart of New Jersey's economy and the heart of our communities.

New Jersey small businesses are struggling to get affordable health insurance — and losing the battle.

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Corinne Horowitz
Main Street Alliance
75 Raritan Avenue, Suite 200
Highland Park, NJ 08904

Phone: 732-246-4772 x25
Fax: 732-214-8385
Email: corinne@njcitizenaction.org

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