Category Archives: Politics

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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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: Tax Collector or Political Enforcer?

As a small-business owner, you work hard to establish and maintain customer relationships based on integrity and fairness. Violating that standard of behavior can ruin your business. And, you expect the same from others, particularly those in positions of power … Continue reading

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Small-Business Owners Do It, Why Can’t Washington?

Why can’t Washington balance the federal budget and reduce the $16 trillion public debt? There is really no way to calculate all the different answers offered as excuses for this question. But when you sweep aside the political chatter designed … Continue reading

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It’s Time Washington Operates like Small Business

Do you and millions of other small-business owners care about the out-of-control public debt? Of course you do. You have to balance your budget, why doesn’t Washington have to do the same? Are you fed up with watching government officials … Continue reading

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In the Starting Gate Filled with Uncertainty and Pessimism.

On the eve of the start of New York’s legislative session, it is alarming to look at the state of affairs for small business owners. They are concerned.  They are not confident.  They do not feel that better days are … Continue reading

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Meet the New Boss, Same as the Old Boss (Sort of, but Not Really)

2013 will bring new faces and challenges to the Georgia legislature and new leadership in the Senate as well.  As we gear up for another important legislative session, many questions remain unanswered under the Gold Dome.  With new leadership in … Continue reading

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New York Cannot Afford Directional Shift

The past few weeks have been dominated by the formation of a new “Senate Majority Conference”.  This unprecedented formal “marriage” between the Senate Republican Conference and the Independent Democratic Conference, on the surface, has the opportunity to put partisan bickering … Continue reading

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Questions Abound…

Sometimes it is best to wait until the smoke clears from the field of political battle to weigh in.  As Tuesday night unfolded here in New York, it instantly became apparent that the prevailing winds brought a shroud of uncertainty … Continue reading

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Yes, You Built It. Now Vote to Make Sure You Keep It

I hope you watched the presidential debates. They have been interesting and entertaining. But sometimes they were downright frightening for small-business owners. Like when President Obama admitted that if re-elected, he will accelerate his policies that take your earnings and … Continue reading

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