With Disappointment Comes Resiliency

Without a doubt, yesterday was not the outcome NFIB hoped for.  While there is disappointment, the staunch advocacy for our members has never been stronger and continues.  I believe that there are no greater people than those that were bitten by the entrepreneurial spirit and work hard each day to chase the American dream.  Small business owners are an essential piece in the fabric of our lives, communities and nation.  Those are the thoughts I have each day as I have the honor and privilege of not only being a small part of the NFIB family, but more importantly in representing so many small business owners here in New York.

As we waited for the Supreme Court decision, I was traveling across the State talking about the Health Insurance Tax (or HIT).  The HIT is a provision within the Affordable Care Act, and one of many that NFIB feels is another example of why this legislation hurts small business.  I think that fact alone shows that NFIB takes nothing to chance.  We were out there fighting part of legislation that within a matter of hours may or may not have still been relevant.  I think that shows the NFIB spirit and commitment to our members.

In the days ahead, we will continue to be the strong voice for free enterprise and work with Congress to reform this legislation to minimize the damage, such as the Hit provision.  We will work in the state capitols to make sure our members are heard as the health insurance exchanges are developed and implemented.  And we will work everyday to ensure these essential men and women have less interference and more opportunities to be successful in reaching their fullest potential…their slice of the American dream.

Last night I had the opportunity to sit with Nick Reisman on Capital Tonight to discuss the NFIB reaction to the Supreme Court’s ruling.  You can see that here.

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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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