Economic Agenda: Infrastructure

Small Business Majority
Thu, 10 Sep 2015

Small Business Majority has created an economic blueprint for lawmakers and government leaders that will strengthen our economy, create jobs and solidify its base, small businesses. The recommendations range from action on access to capital, taxes, healthcare, infrastructure, freelance economy, minimum wage, workforce training, immigration, clean energy and exports, and are all tied to creating economic opportunities for small businesses and entrepreneurs.

Infrastructure is critical to driving business growth, entrepreneurship and job creation. Infrastructure investments like broadband support the growth of a vibrant freelance and entrepreneurial economy that relies on the Internet for access to markets, customers and services to support operations. Likewise, investing in the nation’s roads, bridges and other physical infrastructure also supports access, while at the same time creating demand opportunities for the goods and services small businesses have to sell. We must have a national infrastructure investment strategy that includes: 

  • Passing the Community Broadband Act (S. 240), which seeks to help local towns set up public alternatives to big Internet providers such as Comcast or Verizon. 
  • Expanding access to shared workspaces, accelerators and incubators that provide the physical and operational infrastructure for entrepreneurs to start and grow new businesses.
  • Creating a sustainable infrastructure financing entity to drive continued investment from the public and private sectors into the nation’s roads, bridges and other infrastructure. 
  • Reauthorizing long-term funding for the Highway Trust Fund.