COVID19 Coalition Letter FINAL

  • Friday, 13th March, 2020
  • 16:27pm

Good day, this moved fast and furious today, and the Executive Board was in tow the entire time to ensure we covered the key areas that needed to be addressed in this Coalition letter to member of Congress. We appreciate the work that Joanna Johnson, from the Oil Changers Association and Kristi Babb did to initiate and facilitate this coalition letter and seeing everyone’s input and get this out today.

Please see that attached and share with whomever you feel will benefit from reading the letter and seeing the work we do on their behalf. There won’t be any business that doesn’t feel the impact of COVID19, small businesses all over the US will be impacted to a breaking point unless they receive some assistance. Please see the attached Importance: HighFINAL COVID19 Coalition Letter Download View FINAL COVID19 Coalition Letter

Consumers are scared. Many of these businesses are already down by 40% - 75%. Their operating margins cannot sustain such losses. When they fail, millions of employees become unemployed with no other source of available income while thousands of business owners declare bankruptcy. In the meantime, they suffer daily with excessive emotional stress from loss of income and shortages of critical services such as affordable health care and affordable, safe childcare due to sudden and prolonged school closings.

We urge Congress and the Trump Administration to implement the following solutions:

1. Lawful declaration that COVID-19 is a “DISASTER” for the purposes of allowing small businesses to obtain funding directly through the Small Business Administration and to obtain access to any other state, federal, and/or private relief dependent on a federal “disaster” declaration. 

2. Allow 100% deduction of business losses for non-remote-function-capable small businesses (NRFCSB) for the 2020 tax year applicable to all business formation types (e.g., S Corporations, Sole Proprietors, Partnerships, etc.) A NRFCSB is defined as a small business according to Small Business Administration standards that requires onsite employee activity and consumer interaction in order to engage in its core functions;

3. Allow NRFCSB employees to qualify for Federal-State Unemployment Insurance Program benefits including payroll assistance for reduced hours and without impacting the employer’s insurance rate;

4. Provide a federal Child Care Subsidy for NRFCSB employers and employees.

5. Provide Mortgage Assistance plans for NRFCSB employers and employees.

6. Provide federal assistance for health care costs and/or a mandate to private health insurers that they must cover for free or at most the actual cost of necessary health care related to the COVID-19 pandemic; and

7. Include Tax-Exempt Entities in temporary aid to address the harm they’re experiencing from event cancellations and reduced meeting attendance as a result of COVID-19. Specifically, we urge you to include associations, nonprofits and other tax-exempt organizations within any federal aid packages or supplemental appropriations measures.

We thank you in advance for supporting the true small business backbone of our country. If you need additional information from us to further disaster relief efforts, please let us know. We’re looking forward to working with you to ensure America’s speedy recovery.


Kristy Babb
Executive Director
Automotive Oil Change Association
1800 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95811
(800) 230-0702

Holly Alfano
Chief Executive Officer
Independent Lubricant Manufacturers Association
675 N. Washington Street, Suite 275
Alexandria, VA 22314
(571) 206-8803

Aaron Lowe
Senior VP, Regulatory & Government Affairs
Auto Care Association
7101 Wisconsin Ave., Suite 1300
Bethesda, MD 20814
(240) 333-1021

Johan M Gallo
Executive Director
California Automotive Business Coalition
2200 L Street
Sacramento, CA 95816
(949) 433-4513

Eric Wulf Roy Littlefield
Chief Executive Officer
International Carwash Association, Inc.
350 N. Orleans St., Suite 9000N
Chicago, IL 60654
(888) 422-8422

Chief Operating Officer
Tire Industry Association
1532 Pointer Ridge Place, Suite G
Bowie, MD 20716-1883
(800) 876-8372

Rick Johnson
CAA Executive Director
2200 L Street
Sacramento, CA 95816
(916) 557-8100

Nicki Ayers
Executive Director
Independent Automotive Professionals Assn
P.O. Box 6953
Santa Barbara, CA 93160-6953
(805) 962-7316

Robert L. Redding
Washington, D.C. Representative
Automotive Service Association
313 Massachusetts Avenue, N.E.
Washington, D.C. 20002

From: Johan M Gallo Executive Director California Automotive Business Coalition
Sent: Friday, March 13, 2020 2:54 PM
To: CalABC Members
Subject: FINAL COVID19 Coalition Letter
Importance: High
FINAL COVID19 Coalition Letter Download View FINAL COVID19 Coalition Letter

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