NFIB/NY Responds to Budget Agreement

“We are pleased that the announced budget agreement will continue the path of recently enacted fiscally responsible state spending plans. We also applaud the Governor and lawmakers for agreeing to substantial reform to the estate tax, providing essential financial peace of mind for our family owned small businesses and farms. We additionally are strongly supportive of the comprehensive tax reform targeted to New York’s manufacturers.

While we largely support the additional tax reforms in this agreement, we once again are forced to remind Albany that a corporate only approach largely ignores the tax struggles for small business. We also strongly oppose the property tax freeze which fails to effectively address the structural deficiencies caused by unfunded mandates which are plaguing our schools and communities.

We are encouraged that the discussions so far this session have focused on improving New York’s business climate and hope that the Governor and lawmakers not only continue these efforts, but be mindful of the needs and concerns of main street businesses across New York.”

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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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