Perhaps you have seen them. They run constantly. Whether during the recent NCAA basketball tournament or your evening news, there they are.
“…the New New York State…”.
Today’s column by Bill Hammond of the NY Daily News captures the essence of how many small business owners feel. The “new” New York feels a lot like the “old” New York.
For all of the positives the last two years, it is undeniable that the needle has not been moved much for New York’s small business owners. Our taxes are still too high. The cost of doing business is still too high. Our state is still a leader in population loss, unemployment is still high and job creation lukewarm at best.
So who is kidding who?
Now, this is not to say New York has not seen success stories or that Albany has not accomplished some positive things for small business. The ad campaign is part of the solution, but not the answer. Until the legislature and Governor accomplish some significant reforms, the ads will fall flat.
Last week, NFIB with more than 20 business leaders and organizations hosted Small Business Day at the Capitol. We brought forth an agenda that included six action items. From reforming the onerous Scaffold Law to addressing the plethora of unfunded mandates, taking on these issues will go a long way to moving the needle in a better direction for small business and taxpayers alike.
The low hanging fruit has been plucked and it is time for lawmakers and the Governor to take bold steps these last 25 or so legislative days remaining this session. Only then will the “new New York” begin to take shape.