Government Affairs Albany UpdateApril 21, 2006
Staff Contact: Ken
A coalition of environmental groups announced their post-budget legislative priorities this week. The Business Council has actively opposed three of their so-called “super bills”
- S.1290-D (LaValle)/A.2517-C (DiNapoli), which would expand the state's bottle bill and capture up to $180 million in unclaimed deposits for the already expanded Environmental Protection Fund. We see this bill as imposing a back-door tax on consumers and additional costs on the beverage and retail industries, and as having an adverse impact on mandatory municipal recycling programs.
- S.3153 (Marcellino)/A.6450-A (DiNapoli), which would authorize townships to impose new real property transfer taxes for purpose of raising funds for open-space preservation. This bill would drive up housing prices, which – in many parts of the state – are already having an adverse local economic impact, by adding to the already sky-high tax burdens imposed on real property. New York already devotes nearly $70 million a year to open space preservation through the EPF. If additional funds are deemed appropriate, state and local government should address this issue by re-prioritizing spending, not imposing additional taxes.
- S.2081 (Marcellino)/A.2048 (DiNapoli), which would broaden the state's freshwater wetlands regulatory program to include all wetlands over one acre in size, and to smaller wetlands deemed to be of “significance.” This bill would apply an excessively broad regulatory program to additional property, with adverse impacts on the housing and agricultural sectors.
Copies of The Business Council's legislative memo regarding these proposals are available on our web site.
Senate Anti-Outsourcing Bill
Senator George Mazairz has introduced another onerous bill that punishes businesses that move jobs out of New York State. This proposal, S.7380, would rescind any "development aid" received by a business, if their in-state employment declines due to the movement of jobs to another state or nation. The bill broadly defines "development aid" to include any "public funds" or economic development "tax incentives," and requires the immediate termination of tax credits and the repayment of any outstanding state loans if a business' in-state employment falls below their base-line levels. The measure applies to businesses with fifty or more employees within the state. This bill would have many adverse impacts on the state's economic development efforts. For example, it would superimpose employment-based criteria on tax credit programs, such as the state's investment tax credit or brownfield redevelopment tax credits, even after the business had earned the tax credits by making significant capital investments in New York. The Business Council strongly opposes this legislation, and urges our membership to express their opposition to the sponsor and to their local State Senators.