Small Business Headlines – Memorial Day Weekend Edition

As we enter the weekend it is important that we reflect and honor those that have served our country and committed the ultimate sacrifice.

For headlines, as it has for NFIB the last seven weeks, it is all minimum wage all the time.

The labor backed Fiscal Policy Institute teamed up with some big box stores to push for increasing the minimum wage.  I am fairly certain that neither of these groups truly understand the precarious position “main street” New York is in right now.  The New York Observer understands this.  As does the Buffalo News.

And this really sums up what has been a relatively quieter week for Albany.  When the legislature returns from the Memorial Day holiday, we will be in the sprint to the end of session.

 

 

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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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