Weekly Round-Up – 2/24/12 Edition

While the legislature was on recess for the week, there were not a lack of developments here in Albany!

The bulk of the conversation centered on Governor Cuomo’s Tier VI proposal, as it should.  What started on Tuesday with Let NY Work’s myth-busters (which I wrote about here), continued with stories chronicling Comptroller DiNapoli’s union ties and ended with a rather troubling story in today’s New York Daily News.  An encouraging development was news that a group called the “New York Leaders for Pension Reform”, led by New York City Mayor Bloomberg, has joined the fight to get Tier VI enacted.  NFIB remains steadfast in support of Tier VI as proposed, including the defined contribution piece. Simply, Governor Cuomo needs to stay the course!

With the legislature due back in Albany next week amid reports that the budget could get done early, things are surely going to get moving very quickly!

In national NFIB news, a nationwide grassroots campaign raising awareness on the problematic individual mandate and our campaign to have Obamacare overturned was launched and has received tremendous support. Speaking of the Supreme Court, NFIB successfully argued in an amicus brief on behalf of the property rights of business owners!

Another good week in the fight for free enterprise! To continue to be informed, keep visiting our blog and visit the NFIB website!



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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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