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NFIB/NY Advances Tax Reform Proposal

On Wednesday I had the pleasure of testifying before the State Senate on the timely topic of tax reform in New York.  At this hearing, NFIB/NY recommended a ten-point plan to drastically reduce the tax burden on small business.  Below … Continue reading

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Small business confidence: One step forward, two steps back

After gains in April and May, small business confidence sputtered in June as NFIB’s monthly economic Index dropped just under a point (0.9) and landed at 93.5, a crisis of confidence among job creators. I have written before about the inability of … Continue reading

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Open for What?

I have the absolute privilege of representing almost 11,o00 small businesses across New York.  This is not something I take lightly.  I know many small business owners personally both within and outside the NFIB membership and always make a point … Continue reading

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Does Everybody Really Love Small Business?

Brace yourself. Here comes National Small Business Week. Originally a celebration to honor those of you who truly built your own businesses, this annual praise-fest is often hijacked by politicians who care little about what you do. Just listen closely … Continue reading

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Michigan Treasury’s tax overkill

Perception is a powerful tool when it comes to a state’s business climate. Making Michigan attractive for new investment – and encouraging businesses already located here to stay put – is a deliberative and dynamic process. Michigan’s recent, positive steps … Continue reading

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Happy Tax Freedom Day NY!

            A picture that is worth a thousand words (and dollars!).  New York’s “Tax Freedom Day” is the second to last in the nation.  A dubious distinction which, coupled with our stifling regulations,  fully cements … Continue reading

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NFIB/NY Responds to Announced Budget Agreement

“The announced conceptual agreement on the State budget sends a difficult and regressive message to small business owners across New York. While the agreement allows for tax cuts for small business, it in no way offsets the mandated increase in … Continue reading

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NFIB Responds to Property Tax Cap Challenge

Albany (February 20, 2013) – Mike Durant, State Director for the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), New York’s leading advocate for small business owners, today issued the following statement in response to a lawsuit waged by the teachers union … Continue reading

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Fiscal Cliff Changes Delay Tax Season Opening until Jan. 30

Don’t send your tax returns to the IRS just yet. Thanks to the changes made to the imaginatively named American Taxpayer Relief Act during the fiscal cliff negotiations, the agency is pleading for your patience while it tweaks its forms … Continue reading

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Despite Alarm Bells, Fiscal Cliff Did Some Good

It’s too bad Hollywood limits Academy Awards to motion pictures. Although some great movies attracted huge audiences last year, the melodrama that nearly scared American small-business owners out of their wits was Washington’s frightening “Fiscal Cliff: The Disaster.” Like most … Continue reading

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