This Week in Government Affairs
October 8, 2014

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The Business Council Political Action Committee (PAC) today endorsed Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s re-election bid. Heather Briccetti, President and CEO of The Business Council, cited accomplishments including four consecutive low-growth budgets and a real property tax cap. The Business Council PAC also endorsed John Cahill for New York State Attorney General. Click here and here to read the full releases.

Later this week we will be announcing our legislative endorsements, including those for several open State Senate seats.

Please feel free to contact Ken Pokalsky or Darren Suarez with any questions or comments on our 2014

Legislative Update

Technology Innovation Center

Legislation was recently introduced that would empower the director of the state technology office to operate a state information technology center—or “iCenter”—to develop and demonstrate technology solutions with potential benefit to the state and its citizens (A.10187/Hevesi). The Business Council is seeking member input on this bill.

De Blasio Expands Living Wage Mandate

New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio last week signed an executive order expanding New York City’s living wage law, pushing toward his ultimate goal of a New York City-wide universal minimum wage of $15/hour. This latest expansion covers previously exempt workers of commercial tenants on projects that receive more than $1 million in city subsidies going forward. It also raises the hourly wage to $13.13/hour from $11.90/hour for workers without fringe benefits, and $11.50 per hour from $10.30 per hour for those with fringe benefits. Future cost-of-living adjustments are included. The Real Estate Board of New York sounded a note of caution and expressed a desire to work with the mayor on the order’s impact and implementation. Executive Order #7 can be viewed here. A report on the signing and comments from many city and state elected officials and living wage advocates are available here. Staff contact: Frank Kerbein

Regulatory Update

Please click here for information on The Business Council’s regulatory agenda.

Briefly Noted

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Common Core Event

The Rochester Business Alliance (RBA) is hosting a breakfast, sponsored by The Public Policy Institute of New York State and the Committee for Economic Development, to provide the employer community with information on the state's new Common Core education standards and the essential role that businesses can play to help foster college- and career-readiness. The event will include an in-depth presentation on the Common Core State Standards, including information on other states' experience in raising academic standards. The event will be held from 7:30 – 9 a.m. at RBA’s headquarters at 150 State Street (third floor) in Rochester.

Input Need on U.S. Chamber Webinar

Education and workforce systems in the U.S. are failing to keep pace with the changing needs of the economy and employers are struggling to find skilled workers who can contribute to their growth and success. What we need is a workforce strategy for our time that can meet the needs of today’s changing business environment.

To that end, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation—in conjunction with USA Funds—is embarking on a new initiative that calls employers to take a leadership role in closing the skills gap by leveraging lessons learned from supply chain management and applying them to education and workforce partnerships to ensure a trained, readied talent pipeline. Talent Pipeline Management (TPM) positions employers as the end-customers of talent development, and has important implications for businesses, education and training providers, job seekers and policy makers. The Business Council is surveying members to gauge interest in a U.S. Chamber-hosted webinar on this innovative approach to closing the skills gap.

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