This Week in Government Affairs
November 3, 2014

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Tomorrow is Election Day. We encourage all members to vote, and to support pro-growth candidates. Through our IE fund, Jobs NY, we did a combination of radio and direct mail in support of four candidates: Terrence Murphy for the 40th Senate District, Sue Serino for the 41st Senate District 41, George Amedore for the 46th Senate District and Mark Grisanti  for the 60th Senate District. Information on our IE activity, and the candidates we are supporting, is available here. Earlier, The Business Council PAC endorsed two statewide candidates: Andrew Cuomo for Governor and John Cahill for Attorney General, as well as 58 incumbent Senators and Assembly members and seven challengers. Information on all of our PAC endorsements for the 2014 General Election is available here.

Our 2013-14 legislative scorecard, showing how all Senate and Assembly members voted on Business Council priority issues, is available here. Feel free to contact ken.pokalsky@bcnys.org or darren.suarez@bcnys.org with any questions or comments. We will be sending an election recap and results to all Business Council members on Wednesday.

Issue Update

Cuomo Policy Initiatives - Governor Cuomo recently released his policy platform, “Cuomo 2014: Moving the New New York Forward.” It is available in full here. In addition to highlighting accomplishments of his first term, the document lays out a wide range of policy initiatives for a potential second term. The following are of particular interest to Business Council members:

Several of these build on programs or proposals previously supported by The Business Council. This platform also includes proposals of real concern, including strict, one-sided limits on corporate campaign contributions and further increases to the minimum wage. Staff contact: ken.pokalsky@bcnys.org

Legislative Update

Regulatory Update

The regulations allow for a “4+1” option that allow students to take four Regents exams and technical, arts or other assessment of comparable rigor. Students would still be required to complete 22 units of credit requirements. Draft regulations also modify social studies requirements by providing that students entering grade 9 in September 2016 would be required to pass assessments in Global History and Geography II or U.S. History and Government. This modification of the Regents assessment requirement means more focus on what is learned (typically) in grade 10 (1750-present). Students would be required to take 4 credits of course work in social studies: 1 credit of Global History and Geography I, 1 credit of Global History and Geography II, 1 credit of U.S. History and Government, 1/2 credit of participation in government and 1/2 credit of economics.
Please click here for information on The Business Council's regulatory agenda.

Political Update

Visit The Business Council's Political Action Committee (PAC) page for information on upcoming PAC events.

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