Small Business Headlines – May 18th

On a terrific, sunny Friday….some headlines..

Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin pens a terrific guest blog post for Unshackle Upstate highlighting his commitment and the need for more focus on New York’s small businesses.

Public employees, despite recently negotiated contracts that did not include salary increases, are in fact getting raises.  This illustrates why you have read, heard and seen NFIB and other organizations push so heavily for substantial mandate relief.

Supporters of the safe development of natural gas are pushing back against local moratoriums.

More on New York’s small business ranking compared to the rest of the country.

Finally, to those that pushed back against the needed and necessary Tier VI…really?  Another reason why mandate relief is needed for the immediate as well as the future.

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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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