After the announced agreement last week, negotiations on a variety of issues continued through the weekend. Today, we issued the following statement on the final state budget deal.
ALBANY (March 25, 2013) – All of the following may be attributed to Mike Durant, State Director of NFIB in response to the announced agreement on the 2014-15 State Fiscal Plan
“As final negotiations on the state budget have officially concluded, it has become apparent that the momentum to revitalize the state’s economy has stalled. Unfortunately calls by the small business community to reduce the stifling tax burden, to focus on eliminating assessments on energy use and to reject a devastating increase in labor costs have fallen on deaf ears.
“It is increasingly clear that an agenda which is eerily similar to our recent past is now the driving force in Albany and it will negate the incremental progress our State made in the past two years. It comes at the expense of small business and the Upstate economy. While this agreement includes tax breaks and credits for both employers and the middle class, Main-Street businesses and taxpayers deserve better. The token relief does not offset the increased costs associated with the minimum wage increase or the extension of the 18-a energy assessment.
“We appreciate those lawmakers who have stood with small business during these discussions. The agenda for the remaining months of this legislative session will be telling. We hope the effort to improve the business climate in New York, which remains one of the worst in the country, resumes. Anything less will be unacceptable.”