Ad Campaign Alone Can’t Repair New York’s Image

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.

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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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One Response to Ad Campaign Alone Can’t Repair New York’s Image

  1. Paul Rentz says:

    My thoughts exactly- really, lowering taxes? Providing incentives? New York? Funny how now liberal NY is claiming that lowering taxes and providing incentives are good for business, good for the state!

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