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US Sen. Kamala Harris makes first campaign stop in Milwaukee

THERE’S ACCESS TO CAPITAL FOR THE SMALL BUSINESSES THAT ARE THE HEARTBEAT AND FABRIC OF THE COMMUNITIES WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT SMALL BUSINESSES THEIR LEADERS IN BUSINESS, THEY’RE CIVIC LEADERS, THEY HIRE LOCALLY, THEY UNDERSTAND THE YOU JEWELS THAT EXIST IN THEIR COMMUNITIES AND NEED TO ENCOURAGE THAT IN THEIR COMMUNITIES. WE’VE TALKED ABOUT THAT. THERE’S BEEN A NUMBER OF INJURIES THAT HAVE BEEN RAISE — ISSUES THAT HAVE BEEN RAISED INCLUDING POINTING OUT THIS EPIDEMIC COVID HAS BEEN AN ACCELERATOR, IN ONE WAY IN PARTICULAR, IS HIGHLIGHTING THE DISPARITIES IN TECHNOLOGY BASED ON RACE. THOSE WHO HAVE ACCESS TO TECHNOLOGY, THINKING ABOUT THINGS LIKE THE FACT THAT FAMILIES NOW ARE SENDING THEIR CHILDREN BACK TO SCHOOL VIRTUALLY AND WHETHER THAT FAMILY HAS ACCESS TO BROADBAND, TO THE KNOWLEDGE ABOUT HOW TECHNOLOGY WORKS MAY HAVE EVERYTHING TO DO WITH THE CAPACITY OF THE CHILDREN IN THAT FAMILY TO ACTUALLY SURVIVE THROUGH THIS MOMENT, MUCH LESS THRIVE. WE HAVE TALKED ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF BUILDING AN ENTREPRENEURIAL CLASS, MEANING, HAVING OUR GOVERNMENT AND AS OUR PRIORITIES, IT IS PART OF JOE BIDEN AND MY PRIORITY INVESTING IN ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND IN VESTING NOT ONLY THROUGH THE WORK THAT WE WILL DO THAT IS ABOUT ACCESS TO CAPITAL TO THE SMALL BUSINESSES ADMINISTRATION, ACCESS TO CAPITAL ABOUT PUTTING MONEY INTO OPPORTUNITY ZONES ONE PART OF IT ALSO $150 BILLION IN NEW CAPITAL AND OPPORTUNITIES AROUND INVESTING IN PRIVATE VENTURE CAPITAL AS WELL AS WHAT THE GOVERNMENT CAN DO. THIS IS ABOUT AN INVESTMENT IN NOT ONLY THOSE SPECIFIC COMMUNITIES BUT IN OUR COUNTRY. UNDERSTANDING THAT SOMEONE OF THE GREATEST SOURCES OF WEALTH AND INTER-GENERATIONAL WEALTH COME ABOUT THROUGH THAT KIND OF FOCUS. WE HAVE TALKED ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF COMMUNITY BANKS, DURING THE COURSE OF THIS CRISIS UP TO 90% OF MINORITY AND WOMEN-OWNED SMALL BUSINESSES DIDN’T GET THE BENEFIT OF THE PPP IN LARGE PART BECAUSE UNLIKE DONALD TRUMP HAS BEEN CONCERNED ABOUT THE WEALTHY, THE PEOPLE WHO ARE WORKING EVERY DAY AND TRYING TO RAISE THEIR FAMILIES DON’T HAVE ACCESS TO THOSE KIND OF RELATIONSHIPS AND HAVE NOT RECEIVED THE BENEFIT OF SOMETHING LIKE PPP. WE’VE TALKED ABOUT THE NEED TO MAKE TAX CREDITS PERMANENT AND DOING THAT — THROUGH DOING THAT INCREASING FUNDING TO AS MUCH AS $5 BILLION ANNUALLY TO PROVIDE CREDIT FOR EQUITY, INVESTMENT AND SMALL BUSINESSES THAT BENEFIT LOW AND MODERATE INCOME AREAS. THESE ARE SOME OF THE CONVERSATIONS WE’VE HAD THIS AFTERNOON AND IT IS ALSO IN THE CONTEXT OF A PLEDGE THAT JOE BIDEN AND MYSELF ARE MAKING TO SMALL BUSINESSES THROUGHOUT OUR COUNTRY, INCLUDING HERE IN MILWAUKEE THAT WE SEE YOU, WE UNDERSTAND THE SIGNIFICANCE OF WHAT YOU ARE IN TERMS OF THE HEALTH AND WELL BEING OF