Government Affairs Albany Update
May 15, 2009

Comptroller issues report on Enacted Budget

State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli issued a report this week on the state's enacted $131.9 billion budget for Fiscal year 2009-2010. The report was critical of what DiNapoli called a “buy-time budget”, noting that “tough decisions on spending have been postponed." DiNapoli notes that the state is projected to spend $131.9 billion this fiscal year, $1.4 billion more than it will take in with taxes, grants and other income.

In early 2012, when federal stimulus funds run out, the state is expected to spend $9 billion more than its income, and the 3-year budget gap is projected to be nearly $25 billion.

DiNapoli's report makes a number of suggestions, including:

The full report can be found on the Comptroller's web site. www.osc.state.ny.us/press/releases/may09/051409.htm

Mobility Tax Compliance issues

The payroll tax implemented in last week's MTA bailout bill is raising numerous compliance questions among businesses and self-employed individuals alike. The Department of Taxation and Finance has committed to developing detailed compliance guidelines, and is looking for input from businesses, payroll services and others directly involved with compliance. Please contact us with specific compliance questions, suggestions on implementation and/or recommendations for technical legislative amendments.

The bill text is available at www.bcnys.org/inside/tax/2009/S5451billtext.pdf. The payroll tax provisions are in Part C, beginning on page 5.

"Agenda for an Affordable New York"

A coalition of business groups led by The Business Council of New York State, National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) and Unshackle Upstate will hold a news conference at noon on Monday, May 18 to call on state lawmakers to enact an agenda for an affordable New York.

The agenda includes:

Details available here: www.bcnys.org/whatsnew/2009/051509AffordableMediaAdvisory.htm

Grassroots efforts on Paid Family Leave and Pay Equity

Grassroots efforts by Business Council members to educate Senate majority members and staff on the impact of paid family leave and NYS Fair Pay Act proposals continued this week. Human resource professionals from member companies in the janitorial services, manufacturing, warehousing, trucking and moving/storage industries met with Senators Savino and Stachowski, and staffers from the offices of Senators Valesky, Klein, Thompson and Foley.

Member companies represented included Arnoff Moving & Storage, Ball Manufacturing, Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC, Janitronics Building Services and McLane Foodservice. Grassroots educational efforts in the home districts continue.

Health Care & Health Insurance

Four Governor's Program bills relating to health insurance, including coverage for dependents, premium rate setting, COBRA benefits, and what is being described as a very broad managed care “reform” bill have been introduced in the legislature. They include:

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