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Manufacturing Council Update

Staff Contact: Johnny Evers

January 29, 2018

January 2018 - Inaugural Manufacturing Council Update

This is the inaugural issue of a monthly committee update for the newly re-established Manufacturing Council of The Business Council of New York State, Inc.

This past Fall The Business Council re-instituted its regional manufacturing round-tables. Meetings were held in Rochester, Buffalo and Albany. Additionally Business Council staff visited member companies in the Elmira, Southern Tier and Syracuse areas to get feedback on issues of importance to manufacturers. In all we met with over 100 companies to discuss issues, listen to business concerns, and provide a legislative and regulatory update.

In addition to the regional meetings held, and those being planned for other areas of the State, The Business Council will be sending out this monthly Manufacturing Council Update to inform member companies of the issues being discussed by state policy makers. Each issue will focus on areas of concern to manufacturers such as energy policy, workers’ compensation, taxation, etc. By improving the communications between member companies and The Business Council we hope to strengthen the voice of manufacturing in Albany. With an over 100 year history as the voice for manufacturing in New York State, we welcome your participation and feedback.

For more information, contact Johnny Evers at 518-694-4463.

 

Executive Budget to Impact Manufacturers

Governor Cuomo’s Executive Budget proposal contains several proposals that would adversely impact the state’s manufacturing sector. The Business Council will be opposing these measures as the state legislature works on completing the state’s new budget by the April 1 deadline. 

First, it proposes to repeal the sales tax exemption for energy purchased through ESCOs for all non-residential customers. This proposal would increase industrial and commercial customer’s energy costs by an estimated $120 million per year.

Second, it proposes a three year deferral of most business tax credits, meaning that credits already earned but not yet used, or any new credits earned, could not be used to reduce taxes in 2018, 2019 or 2020. This deferral is applicable to a taxpayer’s credits above $2 million for any tax year, and applies to the investment tax credit, remaining empire zone credits, the manufacturing-specific real property tax credit, and brownfield cleanup and redevelopment credits, among others. The only major credit programs excluded from this deferral are the Excelsior Jobs credit and the Film Production credit. This proposal also has separate schedules for reclaiming deferred refundable and nonrefundable credits starting in 2021. The overall cost of the deferral is estimated at $82 million the first year, $278 million in FY 2020.

Other budget issues of interest to manufacturers include:

Doing Business with State and Local Government

Workforce Development Funding

Energy Costs & Programs

Labor Law and Employment

Transportation

 

2018 Legislative Agenda

ENERGY
  • Expand energy infrastructure
    • New Yorkers for Affordable Energy
  • Reduce impact of "Clean Energy Standard"
  • Preserve NYPA Industrial Power Programs
  • Respond to carbon pricing proposals
ENVIRONMENT
  • State Drinking Water Quality Council
  • Air permit fees
  • SEQRA and project review reforms
  • Assure effective use of Clean Water Infrastructure Act
  • Part 375 Brownfield redevelopment program
TAXATION
  • Support federal business tax reform
    • Retail SALT deductability
  • Article 9-A rulemakings
  • Small business tax relief
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
  • Avoid excessive reporting / disclosure for tax credits, economic development
  • Adopt refundable R&D credit
  • "Made in America" proposals
HR/LABOR
  • Assist with PFL compliance
  • Respond to new labor law initiatives
    • Predictive scheduling
    • "Pay Equity"
  • Adopt method of payment standards
  • Weekly vs. biweekly pay
WORKERS' COMP
  • Adopt updated SLU impairment guidelines
WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT
  • Manufacturing Training Initiative / Stackable Credential
  • Apprenticeship Funding
  • Employer directed WFD funding
  • The Business Council's "InternShop"
EDUCATION POLICY
  • Promote PTECH school and business partnerships
  • New York State ESSA Plan and ELA + Math standards
  • ACCE Fellowship & National Partners in Workforce Development & Education
CONSTRUCTION
  • Scaffold Law reform
  • Oppose extension of public work prevailing wage to private projects
TRANSPORTATION
  • Continue capital plan for roads and bridges
  • Reduce trucking costs / Highway Use Tax repeal

 

Human Resources/Labor Webinars

The Business Council of New York State, Inc. has a robust and active committee dedicated to HR and labor issues. Our full time staffer Frank Kerbein is responsible for all of the issues that have a major impact on employment law and human resources.  Our 2018 HR Webinar series is provided below.  More information and on-line registration for the HR/Labor Webinar series is available here!

TOPIC DATE TIME
Paid Family Leave Update February 22 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
ADA/FMLAWorkers' Compensation Compliance March 15 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Employee Work Schedules, Break and Meal Period Compliance / NYS Budget Update April 19 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
End of Session Preview / Paid Family Leave Update May 17 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Legislative Update / End of Session Review June 26 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

 

InternShop

Spring is coming!

Spring will be here before you know it, and the best and brightest college interns will be taken if you don’t start recruiting efforts soon. If you have not had the opportunity to log onto our new intern matching platform, InternShop, check it out today!

InternShop is a FREE benefit for Business Council members that connects students seeking internship opportunities to Business Council members across the State. Our custom developed platform allows students to search internship postings from member businesses and businesses to search for interns from over 70 colleges and universities in New York State.

Members of The Business Council can create an account on www.internshop.bcnys.org. For questions, please contact Amber Mooney or Liz Mancini.

 

John T. Evers, PhD
Director of Government Affairs
The Business Council of New York State, Inc.
111 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12210
Tel. 518-465-7511 ext. 204  
C. 518-424-6214