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For Release — January 8, 2014

Business Council Statement on Governor Andrew Cuomo's State of the State

Heather C. Briccetti, Esq., President and CEO of The Business Council of New York State, Inc.

ALBANY, N.Y.—“The Business Council of New York State applauds the Governor's continued commitment to improve the state's business climate. There is much for business in New York to be encouraged about in Governor Cuomo's State of the State address. His continued emphasis on holding growth in overall state spending to under 2 percent for another year is welcomed news.

“The Business Council commends the Governor's tax relief proposals that will provide more than $2 billion in savings to New York employers and residents. This is big news for the state's economy, especially upstate, as these tax cuts will provide broad-based business tax relief, and support key business sectors across New York.

“The Business Council represents a wide range of enterprises across the state, all of whom are burdened by regulations and we look forward to working with the Governor and the Legislature in establishing in a joint commission to identify ways to eliminate regulatory barriers that make it difficult to do business in New York State and hinder economic growth.

“We await further details in the Governor's budget proposal and stand ready to assist the Governor in making these a reality through the Legislative process.”

Editor's Note: A video version of this statement is available by following this link: http://youtu.be/e4-F1b78UbQ.