Research: Majority of Small Business Owners Support Biden's Infrastructure Plan
The reason that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is negotiating a compromise to President Joe Biden's infrastructure plan, called the American Jobs Plan [AJP], is that it is very popular with voters. Recent surveys found that about two-thirds of Americans approve of the proposed legislation and a majority support increased corporate taxes to pay for it.
A new poll found that the AJP is also quite popular with small business owners and that's important because that group generally skews Republican.
In a nation-wide survey of more than 1,000 small businesses, 80% percent said they supported Biden's infrastructure plan. The survey was conducted by Small Business for America’s Future and it also found two-thirds of business owners believe the plan will boost the American economy.
The AJP would rebuild and expand traditional infrastructure like roads, rail, and bridges but also expand broadband access and address childcare and medical leave for workers. The nontraditional aspects of the plan were also popular among the small business owners taking the survey with each component receiving 50+ percent support.
Republicans in the Senate will probably never embrace Biden's final AJP legislation because they don't want to give him a big legislative victory, but they are in a tough spot. No one seriously doubts the need for an infrastructure plan and it would provide millions of good new jobs, but passage would also reduce their chances to capture some Democratic seats in next year's mid-term elections.
By: Don Lam & Curated Content