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For Release — January 17, 2018

Business Council unveils “Blueprint for a Better New York”

The Council’s 2018 Legislative and Regulatory Agenda gives policymakers a path to greater economic growth in the face of a growing state deficit and action from Washington D.C. that is negatively impacting state finances.

ALBANY, N.Y.— The Business Council of New York State, Inc., today released its 2018 Legislative and Regulatory Agenda. Called a Blueprint for a Better New York,” the agenda urges the Governor and the Legislature to respond to the state’s growing budget deficit and federal actions by examining and reassessing our state’s competitiveness in relation to the rest of the country.

“The Governor’s State of the State and Budget addresses laid out the worrisome state of New York’s finances and highlighted the impact of recent federal actions on the state budget,” said Heather C. Briccetti, Esq., president and CEO of The Business Council of New York State, Inc. “At the same time, leaders from both houses and the Governor have already said we can’t tax our way out of the problem. And they are right. What we can do is examine where other states are doing things better, and at a lower cost, than New York. As part of our agenda, we are calling for a thorough accounting of our state’s spending, especially in the areas of Medicaid and education. As we push for increased federal infrastructure funds for New York, it is also incumbent on policymakers to correct the regulatory hurdles, like the Scaffold Law and prevailing wage, which add unnecessary costs to virtually every public construction project in New York.”

The Business Council stands ready to work with the Executive and the Legislature in enacting common-sense reforms that will allow New York to overcome our fiscal challenges and put us on more competitive footing with our fellow states. To that end, The Business Council supports:

The Business Council has also highlighted several areas of concern for the state’s business community, whose passage we will work against. They include:

The Business Council’s full 2018 “Blueprint for a Better New York”. Additionally, we encourage media, government, and the public to follow #TBCBetterNY throughout the 2018 Legislative session as we continue to advance our agenda.

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