A Quiet Week?

For some, this week was quiet.  For NFIB in New York, not so much.

Minimum Wage Momentum

The talk continues to revolve around raising New York’s minimum wage.  What started, on Monday, as an issue that some lawmakers were kicking around has now significantly picked up momentum due to some poll findings, comments from the Governor and the last 24 hours has escalated the issue further.

It is without a doubt an issue that will headline the next few weeks, especially as some groups are  willing to bend more than NFIB will.  The fact remains, due in large part to the regulatory and cost environment that New York places on small businesses, forcing a 17% hike in costs on employers is not sustainable.  For me and most importantly, my members, this is a fight worth fighting.

National NFIB News 

Chief economist for the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) William C. Dunkelberg, issued a statement on the March job numbers, based on NFIB’s monthly economic survey.  The survey will be released on Tuesday, April 10, 2012.


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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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