NFIB Responds to Property Tax Cap Challenge

Albany (February 20, 2013) – Mike Durant, State Director for the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), New York’s leading advocate for small business owners, today issued the following statement in response to a lawsuit waged by the teachers union to overturn the property tax cap:

“The enacted property tax cap was the first significant step in reigning in the largest state and local tax burden in the nation.  This landmark achievement signaled a new trajectory for New York’s small businesses and taxpayers. 

“Today’s action by the New York State United Teachers threatens the progress that has been made in New York and shows a complete lack of recognition of the complexity of our state’s fiscal issues.  The property tax cap always needed to be paired with meaningful mandate relief.  While progress has not always been swift, NYSUT has stubbornly resisted sensible changes to the status quo, which has exacerbated the fiscal condition our schools and communities. 

“NFIB will continue to stand by small business owners and taxpayers to ensure the progress New York has made is not reversed by organizations acting against the interest of taxpayers.”

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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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