This Week in Government Affairs
February 12, 2015
- Joint budget hearing testimony
The Business Council gave testimony at the February 9 joint Senate/Assembly budget hearing, outlining components of the budget that we support, that we oppose, and for which we are proposing amendments. While we support its overall spending restraint, we are opposed to its cost-drivers, including a minimum wage increase, an expansion of the utility gross receipts tax and a new tax on health plans. And while we generally support proposals to conform New York City’s business tax to recent tax reforms, and to extend the state brownfield program, we are recommending amendments to both. We are also supporting an immediate repeal of the remaining Section 18-A energy tax. Click here to view the testimony. We welcome your input on these and other Executive Budget proposals of concern. Staff contact: Ken Pokalsky.
- Budget Update
The Senate Finance Committee and the Assembly Ways and Means Committee have released their staff analysis of the governor’s executive budget proposal. The reports can be found here and here. Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli has released his report on the executive budget as well, which can be viewed here.
Please note the following additional items of interest:
- MANY annual conference
The Museum Association of New York will be holding its 2015 Annual Conference from April 12-14 at the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, New York. Keynote speakers include Gavin Landry, executive director of tourism at ESD, and Ford Bell, president and CEO of the American Alliance of Museums. Click here to register.