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2000 Legislative Program

Staff Contact: Ken Polaksly

Following is The Business Council's 2001 Legislative Program. It identifies priority issues to be addressed by the Committees and Councils over the coming year.

Issue Areas:

An Action Agenda

The Business Council's action agenda for 2001 addresses key issues that affect the state's ability to grow.

Taxes:
We should cut state taxes for an eighth consecutive year. We recommend a “single-sales factor” to calculate corporate taxes, and a “STAR for business” program, among other strategic tax cuts.

Energy:
To rein in costs and meet demand, the state should site new power plants, accelerate the repeal of the energy gross receipts tax, and reject higher taxes.

Environment:
We need a sound strategy to clean and re-use previously developed properties that were contaminated decades ago. Cleanup standards should reflect the intended use of the site. Liability reforms should protect parties that clean contaminated sites, or that are blameless in creating the contamination. And general state revenues, not special fees imposed only on business, should be used to refinance the state's environmental Superfund.

Brainpower:
Higher standards and stricter accountability for schools, teachers, and kids have begun to improve New York's public schools. New York must stand firm by these standards — we must not back down from the progress we're making.

On the higher educational level, we recommend that New York State support a multi-year, multi-hundred million dollar commitment to fund investments in technology areas with universities in fields that have the greatest potential for societal and economic benefit to the state and educational benefit to other institutions, educators and students.

Costs of creating jobs:
The best way to get new jobs is to reduce the cost of providing them. Specifically, the state should reform workers' compensation, help all small businesses afford the cost of employees' health insurance, and enact tort reforms.

Preserving our progress:
With our economy stronger than it has been in years, there's a temptation to stop working on the business climate and start looking for expensive new government programs. But we should reject these ideas — proposals to impose new health-care mandates on employers, to re-regulate energy markets, to encourage more lawsuits, or to create new state-government mechanisms for limiting growth. New York must not revert to the business-hostile policies that stifled growth in earlier decades.

To see the complete Action Agenda 2001 for The Business Council click here.

TAXATION

Board Approved Tax Reduction Priorities
Support
Corporate Article 9-A Tax
Support
Telecommunications Tax Reductions
Support
Administrative and Miscellaneous Tax
Support
Real Property Tax
Support
Sales and Use Tax
Support

ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION

Superfund/Brownfields
Fee Proposals
Enforcement
Regulatory Reform
Small Business Assistance
Other Issues

EDUCATION AND JOB TRAINING

HIGHER EDUCATION

JOB TRAINING

MANUFACTURING

HEALTH

WORKERS' COMPENSATION

Top Priorities
Additional Priorities

TELECOMMUNICATIONS

Mission Statement
Tax Issues
Policy Issues

ENERGY

Mission Statement

Actively promote changes to the state's legislative, regulatory and tax structures to reflect increased competition in New York's energy industry, promote increased economic development, and expedite the siting of new generation facilities.

Tax Issues
Policy Issues
Electricity and Natural Gas

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

LABOR AND HUMAN RESOURCES

Employee Benefits
Employment
Human Rights
Labor Relations
Pay Administration
Miscellaneous
Regulatory

INSURANCE

Health & Life
Property & Casualty

FINANCIAL SERVICES

SMALL BUSINESS

Fundamental Changes
Other Changes

TRANSPORTATION

CONTRACT PROCUREMENT

Mission Statement:

The Contract Procurement Committee will support policy, legislation and regulation which will ensure economic growth and stability within New York State through open, and equal competition to all interested parties.

Contracting Out (Privatization)/Competitive Bidding/Preferential Bidding
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Speedy Award Process (Service and Commodity Contracts)
Vendor Responsibility
Other

OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH

BUSINESS LAW / GENERAL COUNSELS

CONSTRUCTION

Mission Statement

"When New York Builds, New York Grows"

The New York State Construction Industry Council (NYSCIC) supports initiatives which increase private and public sector construction and construction related markets. They must increase economic viability . . . jobs . . . and enhance the overall business environment.

The construction industry plays a vital role in the economic stability of New York State. In specific:

The Council has recognized the following items as their 2001 priorities:
Safety and Liability

Create a fair and equitable civil justice system by:

Also, support legislation and regulation which would:

Workforce Development and Apprenticeship Training Programs

Encourage public and public/private endeavors to meet the employment demands of the industry by preparing our future workforce through workforce development programs. This would include:

Infrastructure Investment
Regulatory and Administrative
Support
Additional Priorities
Workers' Compensation
Payment and Award
Competitive Bidding/Government Competition/Preferential Bidding
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Affirmative Action
Other Issues

UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION

Support

CONSUMER AFFAIRS

STATE ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES ACT

E-COMMERCE

GENERAL