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JOIN! Make Sure Your Voice is Heard!

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

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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 35-member 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."

segment begins 00:44:37 - 7 minute length - Cohen, Odette M.D. - Pediatrician, Willingboro - HEAR FROM YOU. GOOD AFTERNOON. I STATED BEFORE MY NAME IS ODETTE COHEN. I'M THE OWNER OF SON LIGHT PEDIATRICS, A SMALL MEDICAL PRACTICE IN 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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Victory!!!

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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TAKE ACTION! Small Business Petition to Investigate Public Service Electric and Gas

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Dear Governor Christie and Attorney General Dow:

As a small business owner, I am deeply concerned that there is evidence suggesting Public Service Electric and Gas has not been charging its affiliated company, PSEG Power, for the Societal Benefits Charge (SBC) for at least the last 8 years. It is estimated that PSEG could owe ratepayers as much as $300 million from this potentially illegally obtained subsidy!

Small businesses are the backbone of New Jersey's economy and we are already struggling to afford utility rates that are more than 40% above the national average. When PSEG Power fails to pay their fair share of these rates, the costs are passed on to consumers and businesses like mine. I have always paid my fair share of this legally non-bypassable charge, and so should one of New Jersey's largest and most profitable companies, PSEG Power.

I urge you to investigate this matter further and stand up for all of the individuals and businesses that make up PSEG's 1.7 million customers.

Petition to Investigate PSEG
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If you prefer to sign it using fax or postal mail, click here to DOWNLOAD OUR PETITION. Then either fax the completed Petition to Jeff Brown at 732-214-8385; or attach it to an email to jeff@njcitizenaction.org with 'PSEG Petition' in the subject line. We will add your name to the petition: Thank you!

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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".

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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Contact

If you have any questions about the New Jersey Main Street Alliance, please contact:

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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updated May 1, 2014