Dear [your State Rep and/or State Senator],
I am writing in support of policy measures that have been introduced in Massachusetts to support our small businesses. These are:
- ensuring small businesses get the business interruption insurance coverage they paid for and compel insurance companies to pay out on legitimate claims.
- extending the emergency measure that allows restaurants to serve to-go beverages.
- Extending the cap on 3rd party app delivery fees, as companies like Grub Hub, Door Dash and Uber Eats are price gouging local restaurants for use of their services.
- enabling new businesses that have not been eligible for any available funding access to the financial relief they need by providing $5 million in grant funds for businesses that opened their doors just before the pandemic impacted the state.
As you are aware the Covid-19 global pandemic has severely impacted the small business community throughout Massachusetts, and recovery from the losses they have incurred for many sectors of the economy will take years. Although an effort by the state and federal governments to provide financial support has been helpful, for many businesses it has not begun to cover the losses they have faced due to this unprecedented crisis. This is why additional measures need to be passed by the state legislature in 2021 to provide businesses with the financial relief they will need now and for years to come as we begin to recover from the economic damage caused by this public health crisis.
The impact of reduced patronage and income on an individual and business level has been bad enough, but those losses will have a broader impact on our state economy and be felt by every local community across the Commonwealth. These measures are not only needed, but they are the right thing to do.
Your support for these efforts and our small business community are appreciated.
[You name, affiliation]