Government Affairs Council Update

Staff Contact: Ken Pokalsky
February 23, 2018


Government Affairs Council - The next meeting of The Business Council’s Government Affairs Committee has been scheduled for Monday, March 19 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the President’s Room at the Fort Orange Club. The agenda will focus on the Senate and Assembly budget proposals, with updates on key Executive Budget issues.  Please register on line here. Staff contact: Meghan Kayser

InternShop - We will be holding two additional informational webinars on InternShop, our intern matching program supported by SUNY and our private university members. Please be sure to register for the appropriate webinar for your organization! Staff contact: Amber L. Mooney

Webinar for Businesses

Join us Thursday, March 1 to learn how your business can benefit!

Thursday, March 1
11:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Business members register here!

Webinar for Colleges & Univeresities

Join us Thursday, March 29 to learn how your college or university can benefit!

Thursday, March 29
11:00 - 11:30 a.m.

College & university members register here!


Budget Timetable - With legislative hearings now complete (The Business Council’s testimony is available here), and 30-day amendments released, the Senate and Assembly have issued their “agreed to” timetable for finalizing the new state budget. Key dates include: March 1 – Adoption of consensus revenue estimates for FY 2019; March 14 – Action on Senate & Assembly One House Budget bills, and start of legislative conference committees; March 22 – End of conference committee process; March 27-29 – Legislative action on budget bills.

Payroll Tax Proposal - Governor Cuomo introduced his payroll tax proposal (the “employer compensation expense tax,” or ECET) as part of his Executive Budget 30 day amendments. The bill text is available here. The Division of Budget director issued a press release on Monday outlining the proposal.  Our overview of the proposal is here. Key provisions include the following:

The Business Council is asking for your initial take on this proposal. Please click here to take a BRIEF poll on this payroll tax proposal.

30 Day Amendments - In addition to the payroll tax provisions mentioned above, the Governor proposed several other significant tax-related 30 day amendments to the Executive Budget (available on line here):

MWBE Program Extension - The state’s minority/women business enterprise program for state contracts is set to expire at the end of 2018. The Executive Budget (S.7508-A/A.9508-A, Part Q) proposes a three year extension, with significant amendments. However, the Executive Budget proposal has raised major concerns among our members that do business with the state, who see some of its provisions as unworkable, and/or adding unnecessary hurdles to the government procurement process. We have summarized the proposal, and major concerns, here. We welcome additional feedback from member companies. Staff contact: Johnny Evers

Ken Pokalsky
Vice President
The Business Council of New York State, Inc.
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