Random Musings – Tier VI and EPA Regulations

Late last week I, along with two partners – the Business Council of NYS and Unshackle Upstate, sent a letter urging Comptroller DiNapoli to stand down on his persistent opposition to enacting significant pension reform in New York.

Without enacting Governor Cuomo’s Tier VI as proposed, we estimate that taxpayers will be exposed to $123 billion in more taxes and businesses would face a more than $17 billion increase in property taxes.  Clearly this is unsustainable.

But as budget negotiations begin to ramp up and the Governor sending mixed signals, it is vitally important that the business community remains steadfast in pushing for Tier VI with the defined contribution piece intact, and not a watered down version.

Noteworthy on the national front, today NFIB continues to fight back against costly and onerous mandates, with the Environmental Protection Agency in our sights.  Politicians and bureaucrats from Albany to Washington DC and beyond need to be constantly reminded that government does not create jobs, but their actions sure can stifle them.

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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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