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For Release — March 23, 2015

As State budget deadline nears, The Business Council presses positions

ALBANY, N.Y.—With less than two weeks left before the April 1 deadline for passage of New York State’s Fiscal 2015-16 state budget, The Business Council of New York State, Inc. continues to press its positions on items contained in the Governor’s Executive Budget and the recently passed State Senate and State Assembly one-house budget proposals. These proposals and the Governor’s Executive Budget comprise the basis for final budget negotiations that are underway.

“The next few days are extremely important for economic growth and job creation across the state due to the number of items under consideration,” said Heather C. Briccetti, president and CEO of The Business Council. “On behalf of our members we are closely following many proposals that represent opportunities for the Legislature and the Governor to keep New York moving forward in a positive direction and other proposals that, if adopted, will represent significant setbacks to recent progress that has improved the state’s business climate.”

Among the proposals The Business Council supports are:

“In addition to opportunities to create jobs and grow the state’s economy, there are measures under discussion that our members view as potential setbacks,” said Briccetti.
Among the proposals The Business Council opposes are:

About The Business Council of New York State, Inc.

The Business Council is the leading business organization in the state. It represents the interests of public and private companies, colleges and universities, local and regional chambers of commerce and professional and trade associations across the state.

The primary function of the organization is to serve as an advocate for employers in the state political and policy-making arena, working for a healthier business climate, economic growth, and jobs.

The mission of The Business Council is to create economic growth, good jobs and strong communities across New York State.