Monthly Archives: August 2012

Small-Business Optimism Continues to Decline in July

For the second consecutive month, optimism among small business owners as decreased.  NFIB surveys our members across the country monthly to get a gauge on their concerns and relative optimism. The lack of solutions in Washington D.C., the looming fiscal … Continue reading

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“Is New York Competitive?” Event!

I am pleased to announce an event that is taking place on September 12th!  The Empire Center for New York State Policy is hosting a discussion on the economic competitiveness of New York.  I will be sitting on a panel … Continue reading

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A few bits of news on a rainy TGIF

A few bits of news about various types of donations and contributions today… The NY AG is looking into tax-exempt groups’ contributions, with a focus on those that are politically based. With quite a few retirements from Congress this year, … Continue reading

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Why Small Business is Big in Politics

It seems like Washington can’t agree on anything these days, except maybe one thing: Small business. It seems everyone in Washington loves small business, or pretends they do. If you watch the news or listen to the ads, you’ll hear … Continue reading

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Scaffold Reform: Just one way to open NY for Business

Did you know that if a worker is injured while intoxicated or ignoring safety training, that a property owner and contract could be held accountable for full damages? This is what happens now under the law, is this fair? Is … Continue reading

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What’s new?

Yesterday NYS applied for a wavier from the federal government asking to reinvest $10 billion of savings created by Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Medicaid Redesign Teamn into the state’s health care infrastructure.  The goal would be to use the savings to … Continue reading

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Some news on things NY has in spades…Parks, Shale and Farms

Over the weekend there was some news in the North Country as it was revealed that NY is buying 69,000 acres of land in the Adirondack Park for $49.8 million.  The plan calls for a five-year phase to pay for … Continue reading

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Remind Them Who They Work For (You!)

As this week ends, Members of Congress will be packing their bags and heading home with just one thing on their minds: Getting re-elected in November. They will be home for the entire month of August for what used to … Continue reading

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Small Business Headlines – August 1st

As we start the month of August.. Not that this comes as much of a surprise…but New York has the 7th highest state and local tax rate. An audit by Comptroller DiNapoli prevented $1.4 million in payments for UI benefits. … Continue reading

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