Welcome!  The National Federation of Independent Business is branching out into an exciting, and perhaps a little daunting, new endeavor – blogging!  This terrific new addition aims to enhance our social media presence, while bringing both members and followers of NFIB more insight into our advocacy, events and news!

I know that I am very excited to have this new platform to reach out to both members and followers of NFIB here in New York, talking about issues you face everyday.  Increasing awareness is one part of the equation that will bring real positive change in this state! We are currently fighting against a minimum wage increase, pushing for real pension reform and doing our part to reform a business climate that ranks among the worst in the United States.

But that is just New York.

Our efforts nationally have been headline grabbing!

The voice of small business is being heard loud and clear across the country, especially in Washington D.C.  For instance, did you know that NFIB, along with 26 states, has taken an historic lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) all the way to the Supreme Court?  Truly remarkable and a perfect example of how strong the voice of small business can be!

So much to talk about, so little time!  So buckle up and join me and NFIB on this new adventure!

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About Mike Durant

Mike Durant was named New York State Director of NFIB in May 2011. Prior to joining NFIB as the Assistant State Director in May 2010, Durant began his career in the New York Senate working in the Office of Member Services. From there, he served in a number of positions during former New York Governor George E. Pataki’s administration. As a Research Specialist in the New York State Office of Demographic Policy, Mike was responsible for drafting a redistricting proposal for Governor Pataki. In addition, Mike served as a Research Specialist for the Empire State Development Corporation, as well as the Associate Commissioner of Human Resource Management with the New York Department of Labor. Durant also spent four years working at the Questar III BOCES as a specialist focusing on the complex formulas that drive aid to school districts across the state while also taking a lead role in the state legislative/budget process as it related to education policy. These past positions have given Mike a deep understanding of the complex political economics of the State of New York. Active in the community, Durant has served on a number of boards in both the village of Ballston Spa and Town of Milton. Durant received his bachelor’s degree from Siena College in Loudonville, New York and resides in Ballston Spa with his wife and two children.
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