Small Business Headlines – August 20th!

No shortage of news as we begin the week…

Congresswoman Nan Hayworth and NFIB hosted a joint roundtable discussion on small business.  It was a terrific conversation and well-received event.

The Thruway Authority held their three public hearings on the proposed toll hike.  Coverage from the Buffalo meeting can be found here, Syracuse (where I testified) here and Newburgh here.  There was not a public hearing in Albany, something that a few members of the State Assembly are looking to fix.

The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle op-eds against the proposed hike.  Fred LeBrun of the Albany Times Union also weighs in.

The Cuomo administration spoke positively about natural gas, highlighting its benefits as a “bridge” to cleaner energy.

CBS News reports that New York will issue fracking guidelines soon and approve the process .

New York’s jobless rate is climbing.

New York is growing older.


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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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