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.”