Associated Industries of Massachusetts certainly has a significant presence on Beacon Hill (“Business lobby shows its clout,” Page A1, Sept. 20, 2016). However, AIM does not speak for the entire business community. Over the course of the Legislature’s 2015-2016 session, dozens of business owners came to the State House to testify at committee hearings in support of the millionaire’s tax, paid family leave, and the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, the measure mentioned in the Globe story.
For example, Beth Monaghan, cofounder and CEO of InkHouse and a member of the Alliance for Business Leadership board, spoke out at a briefing on Beacon Hill about how her company’s paid family leave policy has been good for her business. Donna Levin, cofounder of Care.com, testified at a State House hearing about the fairness of the millionaires’ tax and the importance of these investments in creating economic growth.
With the recent US Census Bureau data reporting that Massachusetts is ranked sixth in inequality, it is critical for forward-thinking business leaders to voice their opinions on public policies that will help all Massachusetts residents flourish, just as it is important for elected officials to recognize that business groups such as AIM do not represent the views of all businesses.