Zack Hutchins
Director of Communications

For Release — June 25, 2008

Job killing mandates stopped in State Senate as session ends

ALBANY— The New York State Senate stopped several major job-killing mandates promoted by special interests and opposed by The Business Council of New York State as the legislative session recessed.

“The question we must ask of every piece of legislation is will this create private sector job growth in New York? The answer for several significant legislative proposals was no,” said Kenneth Adams, president and CEO of The Business Council.

The Senate majority said no to legislation that would have done significant damage to our economy. The paid family leave mandate and the prevailing wage mandate for IDAs were bad ideas that were rejected.

“These proposals would make doing business in New York that much more difficult. The Senate Majority showed courage in standing up to special interest pressure to say no to these job killing proposals,” said Adams.

The Senate Majority also said no to bills that would have made the marketing of prescription drugs in New York much more difficult.

The legislature also enacted some significant bills that will help the economy.

“The compromise agreement on the state's Brownfields program will allow projects in the pipeline to go forward and provide an increased tax credit for the clean up of polluted sites,” said Adams.
A bill supported by The Business Council to keep self-insured workers' compensation trusts a viable market for businesses was passed.

The cost of healthcare is The Business Council's top priority and two helpful pieces of legislation were enacted this session. A bill to keep health insurance available and affordable for sole proprietors was passed. Business Council supported legislation to promote health insurer wellness programs, which can reduce costs, also passed.

Unfortunately, bills that will add to the cost of utilities and impair local governments' ability to reduce health insurance costs for retirees were passed despite Business Council opposition. The Business Council will advocate for vetoes of these costly bills.

“Looking forward, the most important issue that must still be addressed is a property tax cap to bring relief to New York's homeowners and businesses,” added Adams. “New York's crushing property tax burden is killing our economy and driving people from the state.”

“We are encouraged that Gov. Paterson and new Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos have both made property tax relief a priority,” said Adams. “We look forward to working with them to advocate for property tax cap.”