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.

Estate Tax Reform a Big Deal for NY’s Small Business Owners

Governor Cuomo included a tax cut package in his executive budget proposal unveiled in January as a nod to struggling businesses in New York State. The package includes several components that are similar to those in the NFIB/NY Legislative Agenda … Continue reading

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NFIB/NY Testifies on the State Budget

2014 Legislative Public Hearing on 2014-15 Executive Budget Proposal – Taxes  NFIB/NY State Director Michael Durant February 10, 2014 Good morning. First, let me thank you Senator DeFrancisco and other members of this joint committee, for allowing me to be … Continue reading

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On Repeat: NYS Employer Annual Wage Notices Due February 1st

It’s that time of year again. New York State employers are required to give workers (both new hires and existing employees) a notice of wage rates by February 1st every year. The notice should be in English and the employee’s … Continue reading

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Worker Misclassification: Increased Audits and Penalties in New York State

New York State employers should be vigilant about the proper classification of workers as employees or independent contractors on a go-forward basis. Although businesses already may be aware of the 2007 Questionable Employment Tax Practices (QETP) state-federal initiative to crackdown … Continue reading

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Employer Guides: NY’s Unemployment Insurance System

New York State recently made several changes to the Unemployment Insurance (UI) system as part of the Business Relief Act passed in the 2013-2014 State Budget. These changes will save employers approximately $400 million in total and will allow the … Continue reading

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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.  … Continue reading

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New Year, Important Changes for NY’s Small Businesses

  As the the calendar flipped to 2014, many important changes went into effect.  Is your small business up to date? Minimum Wage On December 31, 2013, the minimum wage in New York State increased to $8.00. For most employees, … Continue reading

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Governor Cuomo’s State of the State Address – What Small Business Needs to Know

Yesterday, Governor Cuomo delivered his fourth State of the State address.  It was a panacea of  proposals covering the entire spectrum of public policy.  NFIB/NY’s response was generally positive and receptive to the tax and regulatory reform proposals, with some … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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IRS Ruling on Automatic Gratuities Leads to Paperwork and Costs for Restaurants

Many restaurants that continue to include automatic gratuities on checks for large parties of six or eight will face additional paperwork and costs due to an IRS Ruling that takes effect January 1, 2014. The IRS Ruling is in fact … Continue reading

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