Small Business Headlines – July 23rd

Throughout the weekend, the potential toll hike remains squarely in the news.  On Friday afternoon, NFIB and Unshackle Upstate worked to keep the pressure on.  More here.

The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle does a fine job explaining how a toll hike will impact us all.

According to the New York Post, Governor Cuomo may be listening.

In other news…

Fracking foes in New York are using distorted facts and scare tactics (but anyone following this issue should already know that).

A top priority for the Cuomo administration was reducing energy costs and making New York’s energy system more efficient.  The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle takes a look at how the administration has done so far.

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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