This Week in Government Affairs
January 15, 2016
- Executive budget update
On January 13, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo gave his State of the State address and unveiled the FY 2017 Executive Budget proposal. The Business Council Government Affairs Council will send out an issue-by-issue analysis early next week. Staff contact: Ken Pokalsky
- Fix NY agenda
The Business Council last week unveiled its 2016 legislative and regulatory agenda, which focuses on core improvements needed to enhance the business climate in New York. Staff contact: Ken Pokalsky
- InternShop launch
InternShop, the software-as-a-service platform that matches employers across the state with college interns, is up and ready for use by Business Council member companies. The platform was developed through a partnership between The Business Council, SUNY and Accenture. Click here to view a FAQ for businesses (which includes instructions on how to participate).
- Upcoming Disparity Study meetings
Empire State Development (ESD) is in the process of hosting community meetings across the state on the 2016 MWBE Disparity Study. The purpose of these meetings is to provide businesses with general information on the study, and to identify businesses interested in contracting with the state and those that would be interested in an in-depth interview. The next two meetings will be held on February 17 in Manhattan and the Bronx. Click here for more information.
- WIOA plan update
The New York State Department of Labor is soliciting comments on its Combined State Plan, which is required by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014. The Business Council will be submitting comments, and is looking for input from members. The comment period will close on February 8. Click here to view the draft plan.
Under WIOA, each state is required to submit a four-year strategy as either a “unified state plan” that covers core federal grant programs, or in the form of a “combined state plan,” that includes these same elements as well as other key partners. In New York State, the NYSDOL has identified Temporary Assistance for Needy Families as a mandatory partner.