Zack Hutchins
Director of Communications

For Release — January 31, 2013

The Business Council to Give Regional Briefings on the 2013 Legislative Session

ALBANY—Over the next two months, The Business Council of New York State, Inc. is going on the road for a series of regional briefings on the 2013 State Legislative Session and the Executive Budget. The Business Council is working with several regional chambers around the state to present information about legislation being discussed in the legislature, as well as The Business Council's legislative and regulatory agenda.

"These meetings are designed to help businesses throughout the state gain a better understanding of our efforts in support of legislation that maintains fiscal discipline and improves the state's overall business climate," said Heather Briccetti, president & CEO of The Business Council. "The local chambers which are hosting the briefings are an integral partner in our on-going effort to keep the business community informed and involved."

Attendees will be provided a detailed analysis of The Governor's budget, specifically how it closes a $1 billion plus spending-gap with no new taxes or fees and which also provides additional mandate relief.

The Business Council will also give an overview of the Governor's proposals to reduce the cost of major employer mandates including the Workers' Compensation and Unemployment Insurance programs.

They will hear why business leaders should have concerns about several initiatives outlined by the Governor that will impose new costs or new barriers on business. These include: the proposed extension of the section 18a energy tax that would cost New Yorkers $472 million annually; significant new energy initiatives funded, at least in part, through increased rates or assessments; an increased state minimum wage; tighter regional carbon emission limits that will increase energy costs on consumers; and others.

The Business Council will also give businesses across the state the opportunity to join the Made In New York Movement, an effort to build New York's economy, one product, one service, one job at a time. You can learn more by going to www.MadeinNY.org