Author Archives: Mike Durant

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.

The State of Small Business in New York

Last week I had the chance to talk about the recently enacted state budget and the “state of small business” here in New York.  I appreciated the time with WCNY TV and the conversation. The entire segment is worth a … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Reports

Yesterday, the Tax Foundation praised the recently enacted tax reform in New York.  The lowering of the corporate tax rate has rapidly moved the state up the charts.  So mission accomplished right?  New York is now competitive and “open for … Continue reading

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Tax Reform: Only One Part of a Broad Plan

Earlier this month, the New York State legislature passed a budget that included several important tax reforms. NFIB/NY identified several of these measures as priorities in its 2014 Legislative Agenda, including reform of the estate tax, tax cuts for manufacturers, … Continue reading

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Albany’s Small Business Problem

In a town where superlatives flow unabated, perhaps at no greater intensity than the days that follow a state budget deal, its time for a reality check. Albany has a small business problem. This is not a new problem that … Continue reading

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State Budget Is Better Than Last Year, But Not A Grand Slam

With the final votes cast less than twelve hours earlier, yesterday morning the Governor and legislative leaders held a celebratory press conference on the enacted state budget for 2014-15.  The message, in perhaps a nod to beginning of of baseball … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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New York State Credit Card Surcharge Restrictions in Limbo

Do you know the New York State law regarding credit card surcharges? If not, you’re not alone. Until October 2013, New York State law prohibited merchants from imposing surcharges on credit card transactions. N.Y. Gen. Bus. Law § 518 (McKinney) … Continue reading

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NFIB to Silver: You Want Better Schools, Reform Scaffold.

ALBANY (March 6, 2013) – All of the following may be attributed to Mike Durant, State Director of NFIB in response to Speaker Silver’s concerns over space in New York City schools. “Yesterday, Speaker Silver expressed concerns regarding the current … Continue reading

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‘Circuit breaker’ won’t fix New York’s property tax problem

As printed in today’s Buffalo News… Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has rightfully focused on New York’s property tax burden since taking office. We were pleased to work in tandem with the administration in implementing both the highly touted property tax … Continue reading

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