Random Musings – March 22nd Edition

This week has seen the action in Albany to be somewhat muted compared to the flurry of activity last week.  Budget negotiations are in the final stages and all signs point to completion early to middle of next week.

Minimum wage, it appears, is not included in budget negotiations, but the issue is far from over.  And really, I take everything with a grain of salt..

Yesterday, in a case that NFIB filed an amicus in support of the petitioners, the Supreme Court unanimously upheld the rights of landowners!  This was a tremendous victory for small business owners across the country!

From the ICYMI files, recently the New York State Department of Financial Services announced it was investigating out-of-network medical costs.  NFIB members have continued to voice their concerns with the rising costs of health care, and I appreciate the effort here to look into these exorbitant costs.  Learn more here.

Speaking of healthcare, oral arguments begin Monday in the historic Supreme Court hearing on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act.  NFIB, with 26 other states, has been a national leader in bring this to the Supreme Court level.  Truly a tremendous accomplishment and all eyes will on the Court has the proceedings begin.

Lastly and importantly, Small Business Day at the Capitol is nearing!  Register today!


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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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