ICYMI – Governor Perry is NY Bound

If this doesn’t put Albany on notice, than I do not know what will.  Talk about two states with very, very different attitudes towards economic development and small business.

Here is what NFIB/NY had to say earlier this week..

Albany (June 11, 2013) – The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) today welcomed Texas Governor Rick Perry to New York and said that Empire State policymakers should be trying as aggressively as he is to accommodate private sector employers.

“Technology and transportation make it easier than ever for businesses to relocate and Governor Perry is coming here with a very appealing message,” said NFIB State Director Mike Durant.  “New York tends to take businesses for granted and that’s a strategic mistake.”

Perry has been barnstorming blue states as part of a national campaign to lure business investors to Texas.  His aggressive recruitment campaign has ruffled feathers among governors whose big-spending, pro-union policies make Perry’s pitch more effective.

“Texas doesn’t have an income tax, which is a huge advantage for small businesses there,” said Durant.  “They have a better regulatory climate, a better legal climate and a lower cost of living. 

“If you’re a small manufacturer in New York you can pretty easily move to Texas, keep more of your money, expand your business and hire more people,” he continued.

Durant noted that Perry’s visit will be accompanied by a substantial media buy to tell New York businesses more about Texas.  The ad campaign isn’t nearly as costly as the star-studded commercials that Albany hopes will change its anti-business reputation.

“The difference between Texas and New York is that Texas is promoting real pro-business policies.  New York is trying to create an image that isn’t matched by the policies,” he said.

For more information about NFIB, please visit www.nfib.com.

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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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