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Government Affairs Albany Update

March 24, 2000

E-Advocacy on GRT

The Business Council's months-long campaign for GRT repeal entered an intensive new phase with the announcement of an e-mail lobbying campaign supporters can use through the Internet.

Starting today, business leaders and other individuals can use The Council's website to send letters, personalized with their name and company, in support of GRT repeal to Governor Pataki and legislative leaders. The program also targets letters to local legislators, based on the user's address. If users choose, it generates letters that can be printed on the users' own letterhead. The process takes the individual user just a few minutes.

Last year, a similar e-advocacy effort by The Business Council produced nearly 50,000 letters of support to legislators on key tax reduction issues.

The Business Council also has sent a memo to all members of the Legislature pointing out that, while Governor Pataki and the Legislature have enacted some $12 billion in tax cuts in recent years, actual revenues to the state continue to increase. Estimated tax revenues for the current fiscal year are nearly 35 percent higher than those in 1993-94, the year before the state started reducing taxes, the memo shows. A copy of this memo is enclosed for your review. Staff Contact: Ken Pokalsky


Tuesday, March 14, 2000, the Labor & Human Resources Committee met at The Business Council. Thirty members registered with twenty-two attending the meeting.

Jim Dillon, Executive Deputy Commissioner of the New York State Department of Labor addressed the group with a variety of topics in the morning. The group then reviewed several human resource's related bills, split into two groups and went to the Legislative Office Building for meetings with the staffs of Senator Nick Spano and Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan. Several attendees then met with their own home district legislators while others went to the Assembly gallery and watched session proceedings.

This was the first Labor &Human Resources Committee meeting for about half the group and they responded positively to their first exposure to the legislative process.