Small Business Headlines – May 22nd

On a rainy Tuesday…some small business news..

Yesterday, the Governor again stated that he did not see a deal on the minimum wage issue before the legislative session ends in a few weeks.  Speaker Silver, however, feels that the Senate GOP majority will fold on the issue.

State and local primaries have been moved to September 13th to avoid the September 11th anniversary.

The Senate introduced their business tax cut/credit plan.  While some are looking at this as a link to minimum wage, I assure you from NFIB’s perspective there is no deal to be made.

Our friends at the Associated General Contractors responded to the Trial Lawyers over the onerous “scaffold law”.

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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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