A nonprofit, pro-free enterprise group is encouraging America's small businesses with a campaign that says: "Together we flattened the curve, now we need to flatten the fear."
The billboard trumpeting that message is sponsored by the Job Creators Network Foundation. Alfredo Ortiz, president of the JCNF, says the idea is to tell Americans who are frightened of COVID-19 that they can safely re-engage society.
"As good as the jobs numbers that we saw Friday – which was really truly amazing – we still have 85% of those jobs lost that still have to come back," says Ortiz. "So, we need to open up society, we need to open up the economy to get Americans back to work so that we can have the robust economy we had pre-COVID."
According to Ortiz, two of five small businesses may go under in the next six months if things don't change.
"I've seen estimates as high as 50 percent," he tells OneNewsNow. "So, we're quite concerned for small businesses across the country. Small businesses are not only the backbone of our country, but [also] our communities."
In terms of what he'd like to see the federal government do to try to help people, Ortiz says his organization is advocating for a payroll tax cut, similar to what the Trump administration has been pushing.
"But we want it to be even more surgical if possible, if that is the only thing that this country can afford; and that's to have a payroll tax cut for all small businesses – for the employer and the employee, that are 100 employees or less," Ortiz concludes.
In addition to the billboard, which is located at Times Square in New York City, Job Creators Network Foundation has a social media advertisement featuring seven doctors.