Small Business Applauds Governor’s Focus on Taxes

Most of Cuomo’s blueprint is positive, says NFIB, but small business owners caution against circuit breaker initiative as a property tax shift, not a real fix

 Albany (January 8, 2014)Mike Durant, State Director for the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), today issued the following statement in response to Governor Cuomo’s annual State of the State Address:

“New York’s small businesses enter 2014 looking for a renewed commitment from Albany to address issues that have plagued Main Street for decades.  Governor Cuomo today rightly focused on reducing New York’s tax burden and boosting our economy.  

“Small business owners have long supported many of the initiatives that he outlined in his address.  Reforming the estate tax, reducing the corporate tax burden and supporting manufacturers are important elements of the small business agenda and we applaud the Governor for making them priorities this year. 

“While we will work with the Governor and Legislature to ensure that these proposals are enacted, we would urge them to expand their focus to include broader tax relief.  Most small businesses pay the same taxes as individual families.  Broader tax relief, then, would boost consumption, small business investment and therefore the wider economy.

“For that reason we would caution against the so-called circuit breaker proposal, which would shift the burden of local taxes at the expense of broad property tax relief, which New Yorkers desperately need. 

“We look forward to working with Governor Cuomo and the Legislature to make New York a state in which small businesses can more easily take root, grow and provide more opportunities.”

To interview Mr. Durant, please contact him directly.  You may also contact Sr. Regional Media Manager Jack Mozloom at 609-989-8777 or 609-462-5610 (cell).

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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