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Restoring Section 179 Expensing to Meaningful Levels will Boost Small Business, Reduce Unemployment

Rarely a day passes without news reports featuring pictures of long lines of unemployed people seeking jobs. More than 10.5 million Americans were without full-time work in March, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Equally disturbing was the decline … 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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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 Tenth Circuit’s Punt in Kerr v. Hickenlooper Opens the Door for a Torrent of Litigation

In 1992 the people of Colorado voted to amend their Constitution with adoption of a Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR). This was a historic initiative that put the power in the hands of the people to decide for themselves whether … Continue reading

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Spending Cap Will Ensure Tax Cuts Come To Fruition

The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), which supports most of Governor Cuomo’s tax cut proposals, today said the best way to ensure their full implementation is to cap state spending increases at two percent. “The Governor’s budget assumes that … 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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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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Scaffold Law Facts – the Impact on MWBE’s is Staggering

New York’s notorious scaffold law has a broad negative impact.  The dramatic increase of costs on schools, municipalities, small business and taxpayers has ground new construction and vital infrastructure modernization to a halt. This isn’t spin, these are facts.  Children … Continue reading

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House Passes Measure to Stop Fracking Red Tape

Hydraulic fracturing has been important to providing small businesses with the affordable and reliable energy they need to operate and grow. Yet, even in states where fracking has been approved, projects on federal land can still be subject to federal … Continue reading

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