Small Business Headlines – June 4th

As we start the final 10 or so days of the legislative session, the next few days will see an enormous push to get bills passed and deals made (or collapse).  This is one of the busiest periods of the legislative calendar and there will be no lack of news in the coming days.

With that..here are today’s headlines..

Unshackle Upstate op-eds against raising the minimum wage.

Yesterday there was a press event announcing legislation to help New York’s apple growers in light of the difficult weather that was devastated these small businesses.  I was fortunate to be part of the event, held at NFIB member Riverview Orchards.

With over 2800 state employees collecting a pension on top of their state salary, this is an issue that needs to be addressed.

Senator Duane (D-Manhattan) announced that he will not seek re-election.

And with that…buckle up because the next two plus weeks are going to be interesting.

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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