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3 Ways for Small Business Owners to Make Their Vote Count

On November 3, as usual, small business owners will bring one of the highest voter turnouts of any group, with 93 percent of owners expected to vote in this year’s presidential election. Your business probably shares a lot of the same concerns with other small business owners, especially in these pandemic-stressed times. 

Politicians looking to win the small business vote should start by addressing the two largest barriers to entry entrepreneurs face when starting a business: access to capital and the implicit bias in capital decisions that limits opportunities for the New Majority of small business owners. In the last 10 years, New Majority entrepreneurs have represented more than 50% of new businesses started in this country, creating 4.7 million new jobs, yet these owners are largely excluded in funding. Only 5.5 percent of women-owned businesses in the U.S. access capital from banks or other financial institutions compared to 11.4

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House Republicans try to force PPP small business vote

House Republicans will attempt to quickly force a vote on a bill to replenish a key coronavirus small business aid program, according to congressional aides. 

The GOP lawmakers on Wednesday will unveil a two-part proposal designed to restart the Paycheck Protection Program. Reps. Steve Chabot of Ohio and Jaime Herrera Beutler of Washington plan to introduce proposals to reopen applications for the $138 billion that remains unspent from the small business loan program, along with a so-called discharge petition to force a vote on the bill. 

Under the legislation, companies could apply for a second loan if they have fewer than 300 employees and have seen revenue decline by 25%. The GOP is expected to be able to start gathering signatures on the petition next Friday, and would need 218 to move toward a vote. If all 198 Republicans support the move, the party would need 20 Democrats to join. 

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Rutte Ready to Tighten Screws on Big Business Before Dutch Vote

(Bloomberg) — The Dutch government is set to disappoint executives and hand out tax cuts to the middle classes as Prime Minister Mark Rutte appeals to regular voters ahead of next year’s election.



Mark Rutte wearing a suit and tie: Mark Rutte, Dutch prime minister, poses for a photograph following a Bloomberg Television interview on day three of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. World leaders, influential executives, bankers and policy makers attend the 50th annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos from Jan. 21 - 24.


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Mark Rutte, Dutch prime minister, poses for a photograph following a Bloomberg Television interview on day three of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. World leaders, influential executives, bankers and policy makers attend the 50th annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos from Jan. 21 – 24.

Finance Minister Wopke Hoekstra will present his final budget before next year’s general election on Tuesday afternoon and local media are reporting that he will delay for a second year a plan to cut the main tax rate for companies from 25%.

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Instead, Hoekstra will lower taxes on incomes up to 68,500 euros ($81,000) and the first

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Johnson’s plan to break Brexit divorce treaty faces vote in UK parliament

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LONDON, Sept 14 (Reuters)British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s plan to break international law by breaching parts of the Brexit divorce treaty with the European Union faces a vote in parliament on Monday amid growing opposition from within his own party.

The House of Commons will on Monday debate the Internal Market Bill, which the EU has demanded Johnson scrap by the end of September. After the debate, lawmakers will decide if it should go to the next stage. A vote could be late.

Johnson’s decision to explicitly break international law has plunged Brexit back into crisis less than four months before Britain is finally due to leave the EU’s orbit when a post-Brexit transition period ends in December.

The EU has ramped up no-deal Brexit preparations while Britain has dismissed an ultimatum from Brussels to scrap the main parts of the bill by the end

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How some counties plan to keep early vote counts secret

Good Friday morning!

It’s been 19 years since the worst terrorist attack ever on U.S. soil, which took the lives of 704 New Jerseyans.

I’ll just let this reminder stand alone at the top of today’s Playbook.

WHERE’S MURPHY?: In Manhattan for the 9/11 commemoration ceremony at 8:30 a.m., then in Trenton for a coronavirus press conference at 2 p.m., then Watchung for a 9/11 memorial service at 5:30 p.m.

CORONAVIRUS TRACKER: 507 newly-diagnosed cases for a total of 195,414. Five more deaths for a total of 14,225 (not counting 1,789 probable deaths)

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Most often, person to person spread is thought to happen among people in close contact, meaning within 6 feet of each other, occurring mainly through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneeze.” — State Epidemiologist Dr. Christina Tan on March 7 — a month after President Trump told Bob Woodward

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Senate to Vote on COVID-19 Aid as Soon as This Week: McConnell | Top News

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Republican leaders of the U.S. Senate will introduce a proposal for additional coronavirus relief on Tuesday and could schedule a vote as soon as this week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said.

He said the proposal – expected to have a far smaller scope than a bill passed in the Democratic-led House of Representatives – would focus on “some of the very most urgent healthcare, education and economic issues.”

“It does not contain every idea our party likes. I am confident Democrats will feel the same. Yet Republicans believe the many serious differences between our two parties should not stand in the way of agreeing where we can agree and making law that helps our nation,” McConnell said in a statement.

Republicans and Democrats have been jockeying for months over the next phase of coronavirus aid, after passing more than $3 trillion this year. Nearly 190,000

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McConnell says Senate to vote on trimmed-down virus aid proposal

WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, under pressure from GOP senators in tough reelection races, said Tuesday the Senate would vote on a trimmed-down Republican coronavirus relief package, though it has a slim chance of passage in the face of Democrats’ insistence for more sweeping aid.

“The Senate Republican majority is introducing a new targeted proposal, focused on some of the very most urgent healthcare, education, and economic issues,” McConnell said in a statement.

The GOP leader acknowledged the package he will be putting forward “does not contain every idea our party likes.” And he said it was far less than what Democrats are seeking.

“Yet Republicans believe the many serious differences between our two parties should not stand in the way of agreeing where we can agree,” he said.

The move comes as lawmakers straggle back to Washington for an abbreviated preelection session, as hopes are dimming for

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Mitch McConnell announces vote on relief bill

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Cwalks pass the Ohio Clock Corridor on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., the United States, Aug. 10, 2020.

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The Senate will vote on a coronavirus stimulus bill as early as this week, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday.

In a statement, the Kentucky Republican said the chamber aims to take up what he called a “targeted proposal, focused on some of the very most urgent healthcare, education, and economic issues.” He did not specify what the legislation would include. 

CNBC previously reported that the GOP was considering a roughly $500 billion proposal to address enhanced unemployment insurance, new small business loans, school funding, and money for Covid-19 testing, treatment and vaccines. It is unclear how much the package will resemble the plan that was developing late last month. 

The bill likely will not garner the

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McConnell Aims for Vote on Senate Republican Stimulus This Week


(Bloomberg) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that he will introduce and set up a floor vote on a slimmed-down Republican coronavirus stimulus bill in an effort to break a month-long impasse on aid for the U.S. economy.

The bill, expected to feature

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Sohn: Have a happy Labor Day; plan your vote

Have a happy Labor Day.

We received some good news with Friday’s unemployment figures: Non-farm payroll employment rose by 1.4 million jobs in August, dropping us from a COVID-19-induced jobless rate of 14.7% to just 8.4%.

But here’s the sobering part.

That still leaves 29 million people who were receiving some form of unemployment insurance as of mid-August, and that 29 million was an increase of 2 million from the previous week, according to The Washington Post.

“The numbers just clearly show a continued level of high distress in the country,” Stephanie Aaronson, a labor economist at the Brookings Institution, told The Post. “These are just terrible numbers.”

The Trump administration, meanwhile, has moved on, pretending all of this is behind us. But there’s more bad news.

* While the novel coronavirus spread seems to have slowed slightly, it is expected to rise again in the fall and winter —

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