Zack Hutchins
Director of Communications

For Release — January 17, 2017

Business Council urges lawmakers to get “Back to Business”

The Council’s 2017 Legislative and Regulatory agenda highlights commonsense reforms and policy changes that will improve the state’s economy and provide real benefit to residents and businesses across New York

ALBANY, N.Y.—The Business Council of New York State, Inc. today released its 2017 Legislative and Regulatory Agenda. Branded Back to Business,” the agenda urges the Governor and the Legislature to reverse the negative impact of last year’s anti-business session by implementing commonsense reforms and enacting key legislation which will promote growth, create jobs and benefit the entire state.

“It’s no secret that the 2016 Legislative session, with the combination of an onerous minimum wage increase and the most expansive Paid Family Leave mandate in the country, was poorly received by the state’s business community,” said Heather C. Briccetti, Esq., president and CEO of The Business Council of New York State, Inc. “Those mandates, combined with the lack of any meaningful, broad-based business climate reforms, left our state’s small, medium and large job creators wondering when Albany was going to get Back to Business and start working for them.”

The Business Council strongly believes it is in the best interest of the entire state to promote policies and regulatory reforms which make it easier for New York’s business community to grow and prosper. With that in mind, we are calling for the following:

The Business Council was pleased to see many of these issues mentioned in the Governor’s State of the State rollout and book.  While the Governor’s message also cited workers’ compensation reform as an important issue for 2017, it failed to advance any specific cost-savings. The Governor’s 2017 Legislative priorities also raised several new concerns for our members, including proposals for: price control of pharmaceuticals; limits on employers’ political advocacy; new labor law requirements; additional “pay equity” proposals; and new environmental mandates and restrictions.

The Business Council’s full 2017 “Back to Business” agenda may be found here. Additionally, we encourage media, government, and the public to follow #TBCBacktoBusiness throughout the 2017 Legislative session as we continue to advance our agenda.