Wisconsin’s Message to New York – “You Can Do it!”

I started to put some headlines together for a brief news update, but notice a common theme – Wisconsin.  The results from Governor Walker’s recall vote and the message it should give Governor Cuomo and lawmakers in Albany is simple – You Can Do It!

Look at the first three articles I tagged for this morning..

The NY Post thinks Governor Cuomo should take advantage of the “trade winds” and start address New York’s Triborough Amendment.

The Albany Times Union offers a somewhat similar message.

And E.J. McMahon weighs in on this in Newsday!

Suffice to say, I did not need to go any further.  NFIB, working solo and in tandem with the Let NY Work coalition, has spent a considerable amount of time talking to legislators, educating the public and dispelling myths that have been allowed to grow and ferment for far too long.

There are common-sense and sensible compromise positions on many of the issues that are plaguing our state – even when it comes to public employee unions.  The way the game is currently played tilts the scales overwhelmingly in the favor of the public employee unions.  The Let NY Work position creates some equity on the playing field.  I have talked about Triborough on this blog in the past, but it needs to be mentioned again.

The Triborough Amendment locks in automatic pay hikes after contracts expire.

Where is the incentive to discuss new contracts when economic conditions change what is fiscally feasible?  How can municipal and community leaders work with public employee unions to find a reasonable compromise?  The answer is simple.  There is none and they can’t.

I agree with the premise that Albany, New York will not be Madison, Wisconsin.  But I also agree that the Governor should take a closer look at these tradewinds, look at this enacted property tax cap and look at his agenda for putting New York back on the economic map.  Sensible reforms to the Triborough Amendment, among other important items of mandate relief, will go a long way to bolstering the cap, decreasing the substantial taxpayer burden and creating a new dawn of economic viability for our State.

And you know what…Governor Cuomo…I think you can do it.



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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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