Tag Archives: Mandate Relief

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 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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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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NFIB/NY Unveils 2014 Legislative Agenda

The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) today released an ambitious legislative session for next year that features tax and regulatory reforms to improve New York’s notoriously bad business climate and legal changes to eliminate predatory lawsuits. “An unprecedented level … Continue reading

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The Tax Relief Debate In New York Begins

The Pataki-McCall Tax Commission, appointed by Governor Cuomo and charged with the task of offering recommendations on cutting taxes in New York has announced their findings. Within this report are recommendations that will help small businesses, such as reforming the … Continue reading

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Exactly Who Does Albany Work For?

Let’s look at the current deck of cards Albany has laid at the feet of small business owners.. A bill that would impose factory style mandates on our family farms. Of course the AFL-CIO is leading this push. A bill … Continue reading

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No New Mandates!

Long days, late nights and legislation moves though the process at a fast and frenetic pace.  This is the “danger zone” in New York.  This is when poor public policy ideas become reality.  This is the time when the call … Continue reading

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Ad Campaign Alone Can’t Repair New York’s Image

Perhaps you have seen them.  They run constantly.  Whether during the recent NCAA basketball tournament or your evening news, there they are. “…the New New York State…”. Today’s column by Bill Hammond of the NY Daily News captures the essence … Continue reading

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Small Business Has Big Influence

New York Times columnist Paul Sullivan recently wrote an article entitled, “What the Small Player Can Expect When Using a Lobbyist,” and suggested that small businesses are at a disadvantage when it comes to having their interests represented before lawmakers. … Continue reading

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