This Week in Government Affairs
October 23, 2015
- Minimum wage rule proposal
The Department of Labor has issued draft regulations implementing the recommendations of its fast food wage board. This document includes the text of the draft rule as well as an economic impact statement. Based on our initial review, we believe the proposal leaves significant issues unaddressed (e.g., what is an “establishment”), and the impact statement suggests that the state has done little in the way of real impact assessments. The Business Council will be submitting comments prior to the December 5 deadline. Please contact us for information or to provide input. Staff contact: Ken Pokalsky or Frank Kerbein
Assembly Climate Change Work Group Roundtable
The Business Council will join other organizations on October 26 in Albany to address the Climate Change Work Group. The New York State Assembly formed the Climate Change Work Group earlier this year “to explore policy initiatives on both state and federal levels to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and combat the effects of climate change.” The roundtable is intended to explore the economic and environmental implications of climate change. Darren Suarez, director of government affairs at The Business Council, will address the need to advance dynamic policies that will reduce the carbon intensity of our economy but in a manner that does not injure economic growth. The Business Council supports the adoption of climate policies with co-benefits. The meeting will be held at 11 a.m. at 711-A LOB. Click here for more information on the work group. Staff contact: Darren Suarez
- SIM grant program
The next two of the Northeast Business Group on Health’s series of stakeholder meetings to discussion implementation of the State Innovation Model (SIM) grant program will be held on Monday, November 2, from 8:30 – 11:00 a.m. in Amherst and from 2:30 – 5 p.m. in Syracuse. Click here to register for the events. New York received a $100 million, four-year grant to support the transformation of primary care across the state through an Advanced Primary Care model. (NEBGH is working with the state Department of Health on this initiative). Since this process will have a direct impact on how health care is delivered and paid for in New York, we encourage as much employer participation as possible. Staff contact: Lev Ginsburg
- Call to Action
Please join The Business Council in signing a letter to support reauthorization of the Perkins Career and Technical Education Act. Perkins is a $1.1 billion federal program that provides funding to high schools and colleges for career and technical education, which is critical to closing the skills gap and ensuring that employers are able to grow and expand their business.
Perkins Basic Grant funds are provided to states, which allocate funds by formula to secondary school districts and postsecondary institutions. New York receives approximately $52 million annually in funds through the program.
The letter, which can be viewed here, will be sent to members of Congress.
Chambers of commerce from across the nation, as well as a number of Business Council members including IBM, Deloitte LLP, GLOBALFOUNDRIES, The College Board and Xerox, have already signed on to the letter.
- STEM meeting
The Empire State STEM Learning Network will convene on Monday, November 16 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in in Albany. The organization was launched in June 2010 in order to mobilize communities to form regional STEM hubs across the state. The deadline for registration is November 6.