2013 A Step Back For Small Business

When the Senate adjourned just prior to 7am on Saturday, the 2013 legislative session officially ended.  Since then, we have read quotes like “most productive legislative session ever”.  Really!?  For who?!

Outside of two necessary reforms incorporated in the state budget, this was a disaster of a legislative session.  Minimum wage was increased, 18a extended, no scaffold reform, no decision on natural gas development, countless bills that NFIB was staunchly against were passed by both houses.  The list goes on and on.

So, while the post session recap’s continue to be printed and the Monday morning quarterbacking enters overdrive please remember.  For small business, this was not the “greatest legislative session in decades.”  It was a major step in the wrong direction.

Below…my statement..

“The 2013 legislative session has been a significant step back for New York’s small businesses.  While the unemployment insurance and workers compensation reform packages were necessary and appreciated, they have been drastically offset by a consistent and troubling message that less bad is good.  From an increase in the minimum wage to the unconscionable rejection of scaffold law reform, Albany has not worked for small business.

We acknowledge the efforts to revitalize New York, particularly Upstate, through new economic investment but have failed to see the same focus on sustaining existing small business.  Albany needs to avoid political simplicity and focus both on our economic future and implement pro-growth policies that protect New York’s fragile economic reality.”

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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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