Small Business Headlines – June 15th!

As we wind down the second to last week of the legislative session here in New York, a round up of news from the past 48 hours..

The development of natural gas was a hot topic at the Capitol this week, and yesterday advocates on both sides of the issue shared some space.  While reports circulated that the Cuomo administration was going to move forward and all natural gas development in New York, albeit on a limited basis, the Governor would not comment definitively.

One of the many bills NFIB/NY is adamantly opposed to and is watching closely the last days of session would allow doctors to collectively bargain.

The Governor and legislative leaders reached an agreement on tax credits for brewers.  Cheers to that!

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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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