A Budget Deal..

While most of the attention was in Washington D.C. with NFIB’s historic court case, a budget deal was made here in Albany.   I think, and most observers agree, it is a rather ho-hum quiet affair.  Not to say that anytime Albany enacts a responsible spending plan is not important, especially when it happens two years in a row.  It really is a case that resolution on some of the bigger issues took place a few weeks ago (Tier VI, casino gambling, etc.)  and really took the air out of the balloon.

I think the Governor and legislative leaders should receive kudos for compromising on a sound state budget for 2012-13 and an early one at that (not exactly the norm around here).

For some details on this agreement, you can see the Governor’s press release here.

I also offered some comments, which are below.

“As details from this afternoon’s budget agreement have emerged, the National Federation of Independent Business applauds Governor Cuomo, Senator Skelos and Speaker Silver for presenting a second straight fiscal plan that embraces fiscal responsibility. 

 This agreement continues last year’s standard of responsible spending and takes yet another step in restoring New York’s economic prosperity. This budget stays the course in avoiding increases in taxes and fees, funds the New York Works Program, which will create jobs and rebuild the State’s crumbling infrastructure and maintains the commitment to strategic economic development utilizing the Regional Economic Development Councils.

 I continue to be supportive of the Governor and legislative leader’s commitment to restore New York’s fiscal health and urge continued focus in removing the existing barriers to further job creation and economic investment.”

Mike Durant, State Director of National Federation of Independent Business/New York

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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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