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2000 LEGISLATIVE PROGRAM

January 7, 2000

Following is The Business Council's 2000 Legislative Program. It identifies legislative, regulatory, and administrative issues to be worked on by the Committees and Councils during the coming year.

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Issue Areas:

Overview:

Since the mid-1990's tax cuts, employee-benefit reforms and an improved attitude toward business have helped New York generate an economic recovery. However, although New York is recovering, it is by no means fully recovered. The upstate economy in particular lags behind the rest of the state and the rest of the nation. More policy changes are needed to help New York narrow its growth gap compared to the rest of the country.

More tax cuts:

Fiscal Restraint:

Workers' Compensation:

Workforce Preparedness and Skill Upgrading:

TAXATION

Board Approved Tax Reduction Priorities

Support

Corporate Article 9-A Tax

Support

Corporate Article 9 Tax

Support

Telecommunications Tax Reductions

Support

Administrative and Miscellaneous Tax

Support

Real Property Tax

Support

Sales and Use Tax

Support

Oppose

ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION

Superfund/Brownfields

Fee Proposals

Enforcement

Regulatory Reform

Small Business Assistance

Other

EDUCATION

*that experience shows adversely affect the order, safety, and optimal functioning of schools;

*that add to the costs of school construction such as the Wicks law;

*that unnecessarily add to the cost of administering programs such as the Triborough provision.

*merit pay

*the reform of tenure, and repeal of the Triborough provision and any other such impediments to school improvement.

HIGHER EDUCATION

JOB TRAINING

MANUFACTURING

HEALTH

*Allowing employers the flexibility to purchase foundation health insurance which would be free of certain Insurance law mandates;

*Exploring ways to create a health insurance tax credit similar to the Earned Income Tax Credit.

WORKERS' COMPENSATION

Top Priorities

Additional Priorities

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 and promote increased economic development.

Tax Issues

Policy Issues

Electricity and Natural Gas

Petroleum

General

TELECOMMUNICATIONS

Mission Statement

Tax Issues

Policy Issues

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

LABOR AND HUMAN RESOURCES

STATUTORY

Employee Benefits

Employment

Human Rights

Specifically,
Oppose strict liability in hostile work environment cases;
Oppose punitive damages;
Oppose suppression of plaintiff's prior history in certain instances (consistent with federal guidelines).

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

(Legislation should also require that a written explanation of award to both winner and loser be submitted prior to contract or period before awarded. Allow unsuccessful bidders to be debriefed, confidentially, as to why their bid was unsuccessful. This allows a continual learning process for both contracting agency and bidder.)

Speedy Award Process (Service and Commodity Contracts)

Vendor Responsibility

Other

OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH

BUSINESS LAW / GENERAL COUNSEL

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 2000 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

Administrative Procedures

E-COMMERCE

Privacy, use of information technologies, tax policy, amendments to the State Technology Law, proposed adoption of the Uniform Commercial Code 2B provisions as well as the National Uniform Electronic Transaction Act.

GENERAL