NFIB NY to Albany: No Anti-business Surprises in Budget

NFIB New York State Director Mike Durant today issued the following statement on the Legislature’s effort to finalize the state budget:

“As the push to finalize the state budget intensifies, small businesses are concerned by reports of new, costly mandates from Albany.  Small business owners will be deeply disappointed if the final budget agreement includes a paid leave requirement, a costly out-of-network health care mandate or an effort to link project labor agreements to design build.  All three of those measures would dramatically increase costs on small employers and taxpayers and that’s exactly what New York doesn’t need. 

 

“The tone in Albany last fall signaled a willingness to cut taxes and reduce the cost of doing business in New York.  That should remain the focus and we hope it’s reflected in the budget.  Anything less will be deflating.  We need to change, not enhance, our reputation as an unfriendly place for business.”

 

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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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