NFIB/NY Reaction to Governor Cuomo’s Proposed Budget

“For the third year in a row, Governor Cuomo’s proposed fiscal plan maintains the theme of fiscal responsibility continues to right-size state government and closes the current budget gap while rejecting any new tax increases.  Financially, this budget proposal is a continuation of existing efforts to rebuild New York’s fiscal health and encourage sustained economic growth.

We are pleased that the Governor has included sensible reforms in workers compensation and unemployment insurance.  These provisions will fix structural financial problems, return the unemployment insurance fund to solvency and create long term cost savings that will help New York’s small businesses.  Also encouraging is the smoothing option for public pensions and fiscal ability to pay as mechanisms for necessary mandate relief for our schools and local governments.

We are deeply disappointed that the Governor has included a minimum wage proposal within this fiscal plan.  As proposed, this minimum wage hike has the potential to offset the projected immediate savings incorporated within his regulatory reform proposals.  We strongly urge the Governor and legislative leaders to focus on additional areas of regulatory reform and cost reduction for small business.”

“We will analyze the Governor’s budget plan in greater depth over the next few days and continue our efforts to advocate and work with the Governor and lawmakers on behalf of taxpayers and small business owners.”     –Mike Durant, NFIB/NY State Director

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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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