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Zack Hutchins
Director of Communications

November 24, 1998 

Local governments, businesses begin identifying most onerous mandates

Local government and business leaders have begun naming state mandates that decrease local governments' flexibility while driving up their costs and taxes.

More than 100 local government and business leaders took part in "mandate reform roundtables" sponsored by the new Coalition for Mandate Reform.

The grass-roots Coalition was announced in September by The Business Council. Its goal is to involve business and government leaders in talks to identify the most burdensome mandates-and then to develop a legislative program to address them.

The first roundtables took place in November at sites in Plattsburgh and western New York. More roundtables will take place in coming months.

So far, the most frequently criticized mandates include:

The Council's liaison to The Coalition, credited local chambers of commerce for the success of these roundtables.

"These business leaders know how much these issues affect prosperity in their regions," she said. "We hope many more chambers around the state join this initiative."

Business groups that took part in the November roundtables include chambers of commerce of Plattsburgh, Orchard Park, West Seneca, East Aurora, Hamburg, Boston, Eastern Niagara County, Genesee County, Livingston County, Greece, the Niagara Falls Area, Northern Chautauqua County, Cheektowaga, Depew-Elma-Lancaster, and Grand Island, as well as the Buffalo/Niagara Partnership and the Niagara Business Alliance.