Manufacturing Council Update
Staff Contact: Johnny Evers
November 30, 2016
The Manufacturing Council represents the hundreds of Business Council members in the industrial/manufacturing sector. As the leading voice for business and industry in New York State, our organization takes up the causes facing employers in the world of manufacturing such as economic development, taxation, energy, environment, workers’ comp, labor, and the myriad of rules and regulation under which manufacturers operate. Our Manufacturing Council, comprised of our hundreds of company representatives, discusses and vets issues, provides feedback for The Business Council, and enables us to formulate a unified voice for the manufacturing sector in regards to public policy.
I invite members of the Manufacturing Council to visit our new web page on The Business Council’s Committee & Council page. It will be updated throughout the 2017 Legislative Session with bill memos, news stories, regulatory and rule making issues.
This coming session The Business Council will again - as in the past - host regional meetings of the Manufacturing Council with an eye towards visiting our members around the State. We have also drafted a Manufacturing Council Legislative Program that will be discussed at the Government Affairs Council on December 1. Please take a look at the issues below - this program will be the focus of the Manufacturing Council during the upcoming session. Many of these issues are also the top priorities of The Business Council such as Worker’s Comp reform, Energy policy, and business tax relief.
Made in New York Expo (MINY) - RECAP
This past October 19 The Business Council hosted its Annual Made in New York (MINY) Expo in Rochester. The event had over 100 New York State manufacturers and registrants, bringing together manufacturers and businesses to network, tout their goods, and hear from leading experts in both the public and private sectors. The MINY Expo hosted four separate panels featuring:
- Advanced Manufacturing Resources,
- International Business Development Resources,
- Manufacturing Workforce Development Resources and,
- Access to Capital.
MINY has become an annual event and has grown since its inception. In addition to participation from our membership, representatives from Empire State Development, the U.S Department of Commerce, and the U.S. Small Business Administration presented to the conference. Building on this success, the MINY Expo will be hosted by The Business Council again in 2017 . For details on the conference as they are announced access the MINY website at: http://www.madeinny.org/
- Fully realize the cost savings of duration caps on permanent partial disability benefits, by establishing a rebuttable presumption of commencement of caps at 2 years after an injury, or apply any benefits paid after 2 years post injury against capped benefits. Finalize and implement administrative updates to medical guidelines on scheduled loss of use awards; mandate the use of panel providers for the first ninety days of medical treatment; and reform indexing of maximum benefits to reflect regional average weekly wages.
- Lower the thresholds for Excelsior Jobs program “regionally significant manufacturing projects” to creation of 10 jobs and capital investment of $1 million or more (current thresholds are 50 new jobs and $5 million investment.)
- Support the repeal of Section 18-a energy gross receipts assessment effective 1/1/17, avoiding the collection of an additional $66.5 million from business and residential ratepayers.
- Adopt a new, refundable, two part research and development tax credit, with a component for capital investments modeled on existing Article 9A ITC language and a component for non-depreciable expenses based on the federal R&D credit, using current year R&D spending.
- Continue to expand the P-TECH program, where 16 of the initial 26 schools provided an advanced manufacturing career pathway; increase funding for summer youth employment in manufacturing and advanced manufacturing occupations; provide funding for incumbent manufacturing employment training.
- Expand access to natural gas for manufacturing facilities, including: dedicating state energy assessment resources to pipeline extensions; expedite the state review of applications for expansion of natural gas infrastructure; authorize real property tax exemptions for the increased assessed value attributable to new natural gas distribution facilities; and repeal outdated requirement that the Department of Transportation creating certified LNG transport routes.
- Adopt legislative reforms to the State Environmental Quality Review Act to provide more certainty in project reviews, including: clarify the standard for complete applications; heighten the standard for issues to be subject to administrative adjudication; make adherence to state review timetables mandatory; and assure application of statutory and regulatory standards.
- Reform the antiquated Scaffold Law by adopting a standard that assigns comparative negligence similar to that in place for other forms of liability.
- Energy Safeguards – Adopt measures to provide price protection to large energy consumers from energy assessments. Adopt a self-directed energy program with a cap on percentage energy assessments as a percentage of energy assessments. Exclude large energy consumers from the cost associated with residential customer system upgrades associated with REV.