Zack Hutchins
Director of Communications

For Release — June 21, 2012

Business Council helps make New York's Businesses and Taxpayers Winners in 2012 Session

ALBANY—Through its extensive advocacy efforts and the grassroots involvement of its members, The Business Council of New York State has helped move New York toward a more competitive business climate, by helping to pass proactive legislation and to defeat a wide range of bills that would increase burdens on business. The Business Council has worked with Governor Cuomo and lawmakers to keep Albany's leaders on a path that will continue the trends set over the last two sessions.

These actions, combined with earlier measures – a second consecutive on-time budget with controlled spending, no new taxes and important investments in job creation and critical infrastructure send a strong message to the state's business community and the rest of the nation that New York is moving in a direction that will lead to a better economy and an improved outlook for all New Yorkers.

Key components of these efforts include:

Additionally, The Business Council proactively supported a number of pro-business measures that will have long-lasting impacts on the cost of doing business in New York. These include:

In the coming months, The Business Council will continue working with decision-makers in Albany to develop legislation on tax, regulatory and local mandate reforms; manage the cost of group health plans; lower workers' compensation costs; and other key business climate issues. When New York is able to make additional progress in these areas it will help control the cost of local and state government and continue the restoration of New York private sector investment and retain and grow good paying jobs.