This Week in Government Affairs
May 2, 2016
- Top Story - InternShop
- Legislative Update
- Regulatory Update
- Briefly noted - Opportunity for employers
InternShop, the software-as-a-service platform that matches employers with prospective student interns, has a large concentration of SUNY students looking for summer opportunities in New York (particularly in/around Albany and New York City).
A partnership between The Business Council, SUNY and Accenture, InternShop takes the guesswork out of finding an intern. After filling out a brief job profile form, The Business Council will provide you with resumes and personal statements of students that would be a good fit for open internship positions.
The service is free to use for members, and there is no obligation to take on an intern by filling out and submitting the form.
There are only 21 days of legislative session remaining in 2016. Below is a summary of key issues for the remainder of session.
On our proactive agenda, addressing workers’ compensation costs is a top priority, and key legislation would assure savings from existing duration caps on permanent partial disability awards. Other priority issues include:
- non-CPA minority ownership of CPA firms
- restoration of unemployment insurance tax table
- SEQR reform
- clean energy assessment “banking”
- supporting/authorizing network transportation companies
- workable standards for use of pay cards
- improved access to workforce development funding aimed at skills in need by employers
- expanded access to Excelsior tax credits
- improved procedures for residential solar installations and for wireless facility upgrades
- creation of a state information technology innovation center
- reforming “prior approval” for health insurance rates
- authorizing limited service health clinics
While there are numerous bills we will be working against, among the most significant are:
- additional state-specific product bans, sales restrictions and product labeling mandates
- restrictions on political advocacy by business, and taxpayer financed campaign funding
- expansion of the state’s “general jurisdiction” authority over non-New York incorporated/headquartered businesses
- additional labor law mandates/restrictions including New York City-style “ban the box” and credit check restrictions
- “employee liens” against employers for pay claims
- extension of statute of limitations for exposure to hazardous materials
- proposals for new insurance guarantee funds
- new private rights of action (e.g., “unfair” claims practices)
- new foreclosure mandates
- mandated nursing staff ratios
As always, we welcome your input on our advocacy agenda. If you would like to discuss end-of-session priorities, please contact The Business Council’s GAC staff.
- Business Climate Commission
Governor Cuomo recently named a “temporary Business Regulation Council,” and Business Council President Heather Briccetti was appointed to the commission by the Senate Majority. This effort is charged with developing an initial list of regulatory reform proposals by early June, with the expectation that this process would continue past that date. We are asking for your input for regulatory reform proposals of specific concern to your business, including those impacting new investment in the state, those imposing unique New York State-specific compliance requirements, and those imposing significant, unnecessary compliance costs. We will use your input in identifying issues and proposals for the commission’s review. The commission will be developing a public outreach process; however, no formal plans are currently in place.
Staff contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Procurement Council
The next New York State Procurement Council meeting will be held in Albany on May 11 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (Rm. 6 in the concourse). The agenda will be posted on the OGS website two business days before the meeting.
- Rochester-China Business Exchange
On June 16 -18, a host of sponsoring entities including the U.S. Department of Commerce, Empire State Development, the University of Rochester and the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce will bring a delegation of investors from China to Rochester. The Business Council assisted in the event planning and discussions regarding which companies and industries would be included in the summit. The event— the Rochester-China Business Exchange—is a spinoff event of the Department of Commerce’s SelectUSA Summit. SelectUSA was created at the federal level to showcase the United States as the world’s premier business location and to provide easy access to federal-level programs and services related to business investment.
The Rochester region was chosen because of the international attention that has been drawn to the Finger Lakes region as a result of AIM Photonics being established in Rochester. The investors are particularly interested in companies that are in the optics, photonics and imaging areas, as well as food and beverage manufacturing, advanced manufacturing technologies, life sciences, clean energy technologies, materials and select real estate opportunities. The exchange is accepting applications from businesses in Upstate New York that are looking for opportunities for equity investment, acquisition, joint ventures or partnerships with leading companies in China. Companies interested in participating should email email@example.com, call Paul Ballentine at 585.748.1408 or contact Johnny Evers at The Business Council at firstname.lastname@example.org. Prior to the June gathering, staff will be compiling information on interested companies, which will be placed in a summit booklet for the investors and the US Department of Commerce to circulate to participants
- Global NY Fund
Empire State Development (ESD) recently announced the creation of the Global NY Fund to help New York State companies create, expand or explore overseas and foreign markets. The Business Council attended the opening public session on March 30 in Albany. The program is split into two parts, loans and grant opportunities.
Loan opportunities - ESD is working in partnership with lenders to extend financing to New York State companies seeking to create or expand direct exports, or to serve as suppliers to larger exporters. Through the program, loans of up to $500,000 are available for companies to purchase equipment and inventory needed to deliver on export-related contracts and provide working capital to support foreign accounts receivable. The program benefits businesses unable to access traditional credit markets, and will leverage tens of millions in export financing for New York State companies. Additionally, interest-free loans of up to $50,000 will be available for “distilled and fermented beverage” industry businesses to promote New York State’s thriving beverage industry on a global scale.
Grant opportunities - ESD is also providing grants of up to $25,000 to help companies start exporting or increasing their global exports. For example, grants may be used for market customization, participation in trade shows/missions, export workshops, and product adaptation to meet foreign regulatory requirements. Grants of up to $50,000 are available to non-profit organizations that provide export assistance and trade education to New York State companies.
There are two stops left in the Global NY Fund tour, which has already hit nine of the 10 economic development regions. Click here for details on an upcoming stop in New York City. For more information, visit global.ny.gov or call 212.803.2300. Applications for both loans and grants will be available on ESD’s website: www.esd.ny.gov. Staff contact: email@example.com
Please click here for information on The Business Council’s regulatory agenda.
- Opportunity for employers - The SUNY Career Development Organization is hosting its 40th annual conference from June 15-17 at the Doubletree by Hilton in Tarrytown, New York. The first day of the conference, June 15, will be focused on the relationship between career development professionals and recruiting employers. Any employers interested in learning about new opportunities to connect with SUNY schools and students can contact Adam Standish, SUNYCDO employer relations and sponsorship chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 585.395.5414.