This Week in Government Affairs
October 6, 2015
- FY 2017 Budget Call Letter
Division of Budget Director Mary Beth Labate issued an annual letter to all state agency commissioners instructing them to submit their agency-specific budget proposals with zero growth in state operations and aid to locality spending, with exceptions only for school aid, Medicaid and the spending of federal funds. The letter also instructed agency heads to plan for out-year spending without “an expectation of expense growth.” New York’s last five budgets included general fund spending growth under two percent. Staff contact: Ken Pokalsky
- Minimum Wage
The minimum wage will be a significant legislative issue again in 2016, with Governor Cuomo’s recent pledge to push for a $15 statewide standard. As this proposal concerns many Business Council members, we will be developing background material, data and other related information on line, with a special web page devoted to minimum wage issues. So far, we have included recent Council testimony, a summary of state-level minimum wage standards around the U.S, data on occupation categories that will be most significantly impacted, and others. We welcome additional input on this issue. Staff contacts: Ken Pokalsky or Frank Kerbein
- Board of Elections
The State Board of Elections recently adopted two new rules into the State Register of New York Codes, Rules and Regulations (NYCRR). The first rule, 6200.10 of Title 9 NYCRR, permanently adopt the emergency regulations pertaining to how independent expenditure committees must register with the Board of Elections and how to disclose financial activity. The text to new rule 6200.10 to Title 9 can be found here. The second rule, which amends 6214.0 of Title 9 NYCRR, pertains to the maximum election limits, calculated using the total number of enrolled or registered voters, excluding voters in inactive status, that may be received by a candidate for a particular office. These limits have been adjusted to reflect the change in the consumer price index. The new limits can be found here.
- US EPA Ozone Standard
On October 1, 2015, EPA issued new Air Quality Standards for Ground-Level. The Air Quality Standards for Ground-Level. The Final Rule (PDF) will lower the ground-level ozone to 70 parts per billion (ppb) from 75 ppb. The Business Council joined with over 260 other chambers of commerce and associations opposing proposed reductions. During the rulemaking the process, the EPA had considered a standard as low as 65 ppb, while environmental activists had pushed the administration to go even further, perhaps as low as 60 ppb. National Association of Manufacturers President and CEO Jay Timmons acknowledged that "the worst-case scenario was avoided." "However," he added in a statement, "make no mistake: The new ozone standard will inflict pain on companies that build things in America — and destroy job opportunities for American workers."
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