Small Business Headlines and the Senate Job Creation Plan

Yesterday the Senate Majority formally introduced their “New Jobs NY” plan.  It has some nice ideas in there and even addresses some issues that NFIB has been advocating for.  Of course the fear is that some may view this as a potential trade off for raising the minimum wage.  For me, that is a non-starter.  While I support the “New Jobs NY” plan, I will not trade minimum wage for it.

For me, the most interesting development yesterday was the Governor’s comments, again, that he did not see minimum wage happening this year.  Also, Majority Leader Skelos stated that the Senate would not be voting forany minimum wage legislation this year as well.  Both are encouraging, but there still are a few weeks left to go before session ends.  Safe to say that small business owners are not out of the woods yet.

As for some other headlines…

Governor Cuomo appointed two co-chairs for the State Democratic Party.

Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb went on Capital Tonight and discussed a variety of issues, including minimum wage.

Unshackle Upstate Executive Director Brian Sampson op-eds against the “out of network bill” and how it will only increase health care costs.




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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