Good news, but liability, unemployment insurance increases need addressing
HELENA, Mont., May 5, 2020—From Riley Johnson, NFIB Montana state director, on today’s release of the latest survey of NFIB small-business-owning members showing the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) popular among small businesses, with 77% of owners reporting they have successfully submitted an application and 61% saying they’ve received the funds.
“It’s great to hear that the PPP pipeline is finally unclogging and small-business owners are getting their loans. The next hurdles to leap are for the state and federal government to alleviate liability concerns to encourage more small business re-openings and for the federal government to prepare to assist states with their unemployment trust funds so small businesses aren’t greeted with a tax increase for the program.”
From Holly Wade, NFIB Director of Research & Policy Analysis
“After the second round of funding, many more small businesses were able to apply and receive funding from these federal loan programs. Now, business owners need guidance on how they can spend these funds in order for them to be forgiven.”
- NFIB President and CEO Brad Close letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza–“Small business owners should not be penalized due to the current lack of regulatory clarity. Most small business owners are planning to take full advantage of loan forgiveness rather than using the funds as a low interest loan over 2 years. NFIB requests SBA issue an Interim Final Rule on forgiveness as soon as possible.”
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