Las Vegas Sun

March 31, 2015

Currently: 77° — Complete forecast | Log in | Create an account


Helping Main Street

Senate should approve legislation that could spark small businesses’ growth

It was no coincidence that President Barack Obama met Wednesday in New Jersey with the owners of a sandwich shop, an Italian restaurant, a paper-tube manufacturer and a company that helps homeowners save energy. All run small businesses, the type that create the majority of new jobs in this country. Obama recognizes that the road to economic recovery runs straight down Main Street, which is why he is urging the Senate this week to approve the Small Business Jobs Act, a version of which has cleared the House.

Among the legislation’s appealing provisions are a $30 billion fund that community banks can use to lend money to small businesses, $20 billion in loans that such entrepreneurs would be able to receive through state programs, elimination of capital gains taxes on certain small-business investments and other tax incentives aimed at encouraging business expansion.

It is no wonder the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce came out this month in support of the legislation. President and CEO Matt Crosson said: “Small businesses need more help to get back on their feet, and they need it as quickly as possible. The Small Business Jobs Act will give entrepreneurs valuable assistance and strong, tangible incentives that can help spur business investment and job growth that are essential to economic recovery.”

Senate Republicans, are you listening?

It is abundantly clear that major banks, including those that were bailed out by taxpayers, have made little effort to lend Main Street a helping hand. But big banks aren’t the only culprits. Senate Republicans have taken equally indefensible actions by repeatedly standing in the way of legislation aimed at sparking economic recovery. They are fixed on worthless trickle-down economic theories and on anything that helps only those individuals and corporate giants in the upper tax brackets. They have shown they couldn’t care less about Main Street.

Small businesses de-serve much better. At least they have a friend in Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, the Nevada Democrat who aptly put his finger on why the Senate should pass this legislation.

“The reason we’re pressing the small-business jobs bill is that’s where most jobs are,” Reid said. “Most people think the jobs come from General Motors, AT&T and those huge companies, but that’s not true. Probably 80 percent of all jobs in America come from small business, and that’s why we’re trying to stimulate small business in Nevada and the rest of the country.”

We urge the Senate to pass the bill quickly so small businesses can begin to hire more workers, purchase equipment and expand operations. All of that would have a ripple effect on local economies, particularly in hard-hit Southern Nevada, where employment growth would be most welcome.

Join the Discussion:

Check this out for a full explanation of our conversion to the LiveFyre commenting system and instructions on how to sign up for an account.

Full comments policy

Previous Discussion: comments so far…

Comments are moderated by Las Vegas Sun editors. Our goal is not to limit the discussion, but rather to elevate it. Comments should be relevant and contain no abusive language. Comments that are off-topic, vulgar, profane or include personal attacks will be removed. Full comments policy. Additionally, we now display comments from trusted commenters by default. Those wishing to become a trusted commenter need to verify their identity or sign in with Facebook Connect to tie their Facebook account to their Las Vegas Sun account. For more on this change, read our story about how it works and why we did it.

Only trusted comments are displayed on this page. Untrusted comments have expired from this story.

No trusted comments have been posted.