Tueday’s Headlines

Minimum Wage

The minimum wage issue continues to make headlines.  Yesterday, Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos sent a letter to Senate Minority Leader John Sampson, responding to Senator Sampson’s call to act on legislation to hike the minimum wage.  Last week, I reacted to Senator Sampson’s request.

You may also be aware, on Friday,  I reacted strongly to reports that some business organizations were willing to go along with a hike to the minimum wage.

Small Business Day

Small Business Day at the Capitol is rapidly approaching!  On April 18th, small business owners from across New York will be arriving in Albany to talk with lawmakers on a variety of issues that are plaguing business owners.  From health care costs, minimum wage to the Wage Theft Prevention Act, this is a chance for you to get in front of the decision makers in Albany and let the voice of small business ring loud and clear.  For more information click here.

Small Business Confidence

After six straight months of gains, the NFIB Small Business Optimism Index dropped in the month of March.  Today’s report is based on the responses of 757 randomly sampled small businesses in NFIB’s membership, surveyed throughout the month of March.

Other headlines..

Assembly Majority Leader Ron Canestrari is expected to announce his retirement at a press conference today.

Governor Cuomo continues to receive high marks in the latest Siena College poll.




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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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