This Week in Government Affairs
June 9, 2014
- Brownfield Extension – The tax credit provisions of the state brownfield program expire at the end of 2015, meaning that access to cleanup and redevelopment credits for projects just entering the program is in jeopardy. Negotiations continue on legislation to extend the credit program for 10 years, adopt a non-tax credit “fast track” approval process and make other programmatic reforms. The discussions are presently hung up primarily on the issue of future financing for the state superfund program. The Assembly just introduced legislation (A.9967 Sweeney), which is the language from the Assembly’s earlier budget proposal, but no new negotiated language has yet been proposed. Staff contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Wage Theft (input needed) – Assemblyman Heastie has amended his wage theft reform bill, A.8106-A. In addition to repealing the annual notice provision, which we strongly support, it increases penalties for failure to provide “time of hire” and pay stub information. It also dedicates wage-related civil penalty revenues to a special revenue fund to support Department of Labor administrative and enforcement staff, and amends several other wage law-related enforcement provisions. We are seeking additional member input prior to taking a formal position on this bill. Staff contact: Frank Kerbein.
- General Jurisdiction – We are seeking additional member input on legislation that provides that a “foreign business” (i.e., not organized under the laws of, or headquartered in, New York State) consents to the general jurisdiction of New York courts by applying for authority to conduct business in New York (S.7078 Bonacic/A.9576 Weinstein). This bill is in response to a January 2014 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Daimler AG v. Bauman that found that general jurisdiction is lawful only in a corporation’s place of incorporation and its principal place of business, absent exceptional circumstances. This bill has passed the Assembly, and is on the Senate calendar. While it may be beneficial to New York business engaged in litigation with entities located elsewhere, it raises concerns regarding the proper scope of New York’s general jurisdiction and its overall litigation environment, as well as the potential for other states to adopt similarly broad legislation. The Business Council has not yet taken a position on this bill. Staff contact: email@example.com
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Please note the following additional items of interest:
- Workforce development survey – The Public Policy Institute of New York State, the research arm of The Business Council, is conducting a brief survey to gauge the training and workforce needs of employers in New York. Please click here to take the survey.
- Career and technical education – Please click here to sign on to The Business Council’s open letter to the Board of Regents urging consideration of an alternative (yet equally rigorous) pathway to a high school diploma.
- Charter school symposium –The New York State Charter School Symposium will be held on August 3 & 4 at St. John Fisher College. The keynote speaker will be Christopher Finn, founding teacher at Promise Academy in Harlem Children’s Zone and Headmaster at Lady Liberty Academy Charter School. Click here for more information on the agenda and to register.
- Early learning event – The Child Care Council of Rochester is hosting a business leaders breakfast, Will Today’s Children be Prepared to Become Tomorrow’s Workforce?, on June 19 from 7:30 – 9 a.m. at The Strathallan (550 East Ave., Rochester). The event will include keynote speaker Bill Millett, president of the Scope View Strategic Advantage, to discuss the role of high-quality early education in the success of the global economy. The event will show how the Finger Lakes region can be a leader in focusing on early education and the impact on current and future resources. To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 585.654.4794.