Category Archives: Small Business

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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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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The Right to Full and Fair Compensation: Making Sure Small Business Gets a Fair-Shake

Since the Supreme Court’s infamous decision, in Kelo v. New London, there have been some big eminent domain reforms across the country. That was the decision that allowed government to take private property from ordinary homeowners, and small businesses, for … Continue reading

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How the West Was Won: What Does the Brandt Decision Mean for Property Rights?

Brandt Revocable Trust v. United States is a case that any property rights advocate should love—especially if you also happen to be an American history buff. Writing for the majority—which included the entire court, with exception of only Justice Sotomayor—Chief Justice … 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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