Minimum Wage Hike More Than A “Philosophical Discussion”

Today Governor Cuomo described the contested debate on hiking New York’s minimum wage as a “philosophical discussion”, and the more I have thought about this, the more troubled I have become.

While political ideology rules the roost in the hallowed halls of the State Capitol, onerous and additional costs imposed on small businesses do not discriminate across the political spectrum.  And today, yet again, another publication ranked New York as the 2nd worst business climate in the nation.

I understand that, especially in an election year, political agenda’s drive the policy debates both in this town and in statehouses across the country.  But when you are a small business owner in New York, you immediately start out with an enormous deck stacked against you.  Facts are facts.  A well-intended political gambit like raising the minimum wage will stifle job creation, increase costs on consumers, force job loss and negate any momentum lawmakers and Governor Cuomo have created towards revitalizing the State’s economy and re-branding our image as anti-business.

Let’s not make this issue a matter of political ideology and philosophy.  Let’s look at it as another strike against small business. Another card on the deck against free enterprise. Let’s finish this legislative session off with the focus on improving New York’s economic image and promote legislation that will revitalize our stagnant economy.


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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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