2003 LEGISLATIVE PROGRAM
Below are links to The Business Council's 2003 Legislative Program. It identifies priority issues to be addressed by the Committees
An Agenda for New York State
A year ago, New York State was reeling from the double-punch impact of 9-11, and a national recession. It was a tough time. And the consequences will continue to haunt us this year, as New York's leaders work to recover and rebuild.
But our job in 2003 is to look aheadnot back. The recession is waning, New York is back on its feet, and it's time to get back to work on our long-term effort to build a better future for this state and its people.
One goal should override all others: more jobs. The experience of the last 20 years has demonstrated repeatedly that New York moves ahead when it works to improve its business climate--and that it falls back when it fails to do so. The payoff from the tax cuts and other changes the Governor and the Legislature have made in recent years has been enormous; New York had gained almost 800,000 jobs in the six years leading up to the start of the current recession in March of 2001. That's why it's important to get back to business.
Our agenda for the year focuses on six key priorities:
- Tame spending.
- Strengthen the foundations for growth.
- Get a grip on health care.
- Cut the cost of providing jobs.
- Revive our upstate cities.
- And relieve local taxpayers.
In addition our committees and councils have identified other important initiatives that will help New York gain more jobs in 2003 and beyond. Follow the links above or click on the "Next" button below.
- Business Law / General Counsels
- Contract Procurement
- Economic Development
- Education and Job Training
- Environmental Conservation
- Financial Services
- Labor & Human Resources
- New York City Recovery Program
- Occupational Safety & Health
- Small Business
- Unemployment Compensation
- U.S. Border and Trade
- Workers' Compensation