As the Final Budget Deal Looms…Resist Efforts To Hike Minimum Wage!

In yesterday’s New York Post, two NFIB/NY members were quoted prominently in an article describing the realities of a minimum wage hike on small businesses.  As I and other partners have been saying for the past few months, this will limit hiring, cause job loss and raise the cost of goods and services.  Today’s New York Post editorial page agrees with this assessment.

As the final state budget negotiations take place over the next couple of days, it is imperative that Governor Cuomo and Senate Majority Leader Skelos listen to what NFIB, other business organizations and most importantly, actual business owners are saying.  A minimum wage hike will further weaken New York’s economic opportunities and force many out of the job market.

You can send this message to your legislator’s here and let your voice be heard!

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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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