No New Mandates!

Long days, late nights and legislation moves though the process at a fast and frenetic pace.  This is the “danger zone” in New York.  This is when poor public policy ideas become reality.  This is the time when the call for significant mandate relief falls on deaf ears and new, costly mandates are imposed.  Every piece of legislation falls under the “trust yet verify” mantra.

With two weeks (or 8 session days) left, NFIB and our partners are continuing the call for mandate relief, but also issuing a warning to lawmakers.  Do not pass legislation that will worsen our tax climate, hurt our schools, communities or economic recovery.

And you can help!

 
The No New Mandates! campaign is already in high gear, just waiting for you to join in! The Let NY Work Coalition has already sent letters to legislators and the governor. We’ve educated the media about the problem, appeared on TV and radio and sent letters to the editor of the state’s major newspapers. We’ve held meetings with our state leaders and formed a coalition of business, taxpayer, municipal and educational organizations to help make our case. We’ve prepared all of the online materials you’ll need to contact your legislators, so you only need to lift a finger to help!

NOW IT’S YOUR TURN: Having thousands of constituents contact their legislators is the last piece of the puzzle. Legislators were elected to do things better, so avoiding initiating new mandates is a foreign concept to them. When you click on the link below, you’ll find a sample letter that explains to legislators why 2013 must be the year of No New Mandates! Just click, fill in whether you are a school official, business person, community member, locally elected official, teacher or student. Click on the legislative directory to see your legislator’s email address, then copy the letter into your email and send! It couldn’t be easier and the message couldn’t be more powerful. One last thing…forward this email to everyone on your personal email list. The sample letter is written so that anyone can use it and we want everyone in the community to join in! Help protect your local school programs and municipal services by making sure this year, we have No New Mandates!

Send your email message to legislators.

Let us together let lawmakers know that the taxpayers are watching, and ANY new mandates are unacceptable!

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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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