Small Business Headlines – June 6th

Today represents the 68th anniversary of the D-Day invasion of Normandy.  A day of heroism and courage that represented one of the major turning points of World War II.  I remember the famous “Boys of Pointe Du Hoc” speech that President Reagan delivered in 1984, on the 40th anniversary.  You can see that famous speech here.

And with that mini-history lesson…some small business news..

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker withstood a recall attempt.

NFIB filed an amicus brief yesterday on behalf of employer’s rights to resolve legal disputes through arbitration.

A paid sick leave debate in NYC is heating up.  This bears watching closely.  New York City ideas have a way of becoming statewide ideas.

Finally, Columbia University released a study looking at the methodology of New York’s Prevailing Wage laws.



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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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