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NFIB/NY Talking Economic Development and Legislative Battles on the Tube!

Recently, I have had the fortune to discuss minimum wage, the State budget and the state of New York’s economy.  Hear what NFIB/NY has to say.. With Gannett’s Albany Bureau and on Capital Tonight with NFIB/NY’s partner Brian Sampson of … 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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NFIB/NY Reaction to Governor Cuomo’s Proposed Budget

“For the third year in a row, Governor Cuomo’s proposed fiscal plan maintains the theme of fiscal responsibility continues to right-size state government and closes the current budget gap while rejecting any new tax increases.  Financially, this budget proposal is … Continue reading

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Upstate Agenda Doesn’t Align Well With Minimum Wage Push

Revitalizing the upstate economy has been a goal for policymakers in New York for decades.  Many of the jobs once provided by a booming manufacturing industry are gone from the region.  Gone as well, according to demographic research, are many … Continue reading

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Governor’s Address Cause for Hope and Concern

Is the glass half full or half empty?  With yesterday’s State of the State address by Governor Cuomo, once fully digested, it is fair to say that this simple little question could be difficult to answer. On the one hand, … 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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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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Hiking Minimum Wage Will Cost New York More Than 20,000 Jobs!

Minimum wage has been a significant topic of conversation the last 10 months in New York, with supporters echoing over and over that an increase is necessary to create jobs and jumpstart the economy.  Well, the supporters are wrong and … Continue reading

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As November Ends..Where Things Stand in New York

As November draws to a close and the Holiday season is in full throttle, I thought it would be a good time to recap where things stand in New York.  November started with uncertainty in respect to natural gas development, … Continue reading

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The Leaves May Change, But Serious Policy Issues Have Not

Lost in the haze of campaign ads, debates and robo-calls, it is easy to forget that the most significant issues facing small business in New York are anything but dormant. Consider that we are still waiting for resolution to the … Continue reading

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