This Week in Government Affairs

Staff Contact: Ken Pokalsky
June 27, 2017


End of Session Review

Our end of session report is available here – it lists key business-related legislation that passed both houses in the last month of session, as well as those that failed to receive two-house approval. No significant adverse legislation received two house approvals. Several issues of broad concern to Business Council members, including new reporting and disclosure requirements for economic development programs and reforms to the oversight of state contracts, failed to receive two house action. Of interest are reforms to the state’s rulemaking process, workforce development efforts, and energy policy. We welcome any questions or comments on our legislative agenda.

Special Session Scheduled

Governor Cuomo is calling the state legislature back to Albany for a special session, Wednesday, June 28 to address mayoral control of New York City schools and “other subjects as [the Governor] may recommend.” At this point, there is no announced agreement on a NYC school bill, which the Senate has linked to charter school funding and the Assembly has linked to upstate county tax extenders.

EO 162

The Business Council was part of a seventeen-group coalition that today called on Governor Cuomo to rescind Executive Order 162, which mandates extensive workforce and salary reporting by state contractors and subcontractors. The coalition letter includes organizations representing major contracting sectors, including construction, financial services, technology, health care and engineering. The letter, and our press release, is available here. “The Executive Order may be well-intentioned, but it is fatally flawed and cannot be fixed through informal guidance or implementation plans,” said Heather C. Briccetti Esq., president and CEO of The Business Council of New York State, Inc. “While we appreciate the administration’s willingness to delay implementation and provide for a public comment period, the fact remains that this order is simply unworkable.” The order requires contractors and subcontractors to report wage data on a quarterly or monthly basis. The coalition criticized the order, and its draft implementation plan, for being too burdensome and costly, for failing to provide clear compliance guidelines, for failing to protect confidential pay data from public release, and ultimately for failing to provide meaningful information on contractor’s pay equity performance. The Business Council will also be submitting comments on the Order’s draft implementation plan, which are due June 30.  Staff contact: ken.pokalsky@bcnys.org 

TBC Upcoming Events

Business Council members are welcome to join us for these upcoming events.