NFIB/NY Responds to Governor Cuomo’s Budget Proposal

“New York’s small business owners are encouraged that the Governor’s Executive Budget proposal continues to promote fiscal responsibility and incorporates components of our small business agenda.

“Governor Cuomo has rightfully focused on reducing New York’s sizable tax burden this year.  From reforming the estate tax to cutting costs for manufacturers, this fiscal plan has the potential to change both perception and reality for our state.

“We are, however, concerned that this tax relief component would bypass the broad majority of existing small businesses.  We also reject the circuit breaker concept for two reasons.  It redirects the conversation away from the comprehensive mandate relief that we need.  And it diverts state funds that could be used for broad based tax relief for small business. 

“We are pleased that the Governor continues to address the substantial regulatory hurdles that businesses face in this state and will work with the administration to help cut red tape to encourage sustainable economic growth.  We will analyze the Governor’s budget plan in greater depth over the next few days and continue our efforts to advocate and work with the Governor and lawmakers on behalf of taxpayers and small business owners.”

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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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