Small Business Headlines – June 1st

Busy day for news yesterday!

The proposed “modest” 45% toll increase for commercial vehicles was a much discussed topic.  NFIB/NY issued a response (which you can see here) and I had the opportunity to respond here and here.

Unshackle Upstate Executive Director Brian Sampson and I penned a letter to the editor in today’s Albany Times Union supporting Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and his position against raising the minimum wage.

Did you forget about the ongoing recount in the special election held for New York’s 27th Senate District?  Well, yesterday that saga ended with republican candidate David Storobin as the victor.

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and I seem to agree when it comes to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s plan to put a ban in place on sugary beverages.

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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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