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11
May
1999
Albany, New York  May 11, 1999 Testimony of: Daniel B. Walsh, President  The Business Council of New York State, Inc. Assemblyman Morelle, Assemblyman Schimminger, and honorable members of the committees: Thank you for the opportunity to testify on the upstate economy. The Business Council is the largest broad-based association representing business in New York State
10
May
1999
ALBANY—Raymond T. Schuler, founding president of The Business Council, was honored today as one of the most important 20th-century business leaders in New York State at ceremonies during which The Council's landmark Albany headquarters building was renamed in his honor. A plaque renaming 152 Washington Avenue "The Schuler Building" was unveiled at a late-morning ceremony attended by past and present leaders of state government and New York's business community
07
May
1999
Manufacturing keeps New Yorkers working An agenda for 1999 Manufacturing Week (May 7-14) provides an opportunity to reflect on how much New York has improved its business climate in the last five years, and how much farther we have to go. From 1989 to 1994, New York lost an average of 42,000 manufacturing jobs a year
06
May
1999
ALBANY—More than 400 school districts in New York State raised per-student taxes by more than the inflation rate in 1997, a new "Tax Watch" study by The Public Policy Institute finds. Fully 405 districts increased per-student taxes by more than 2.3 percent from 1996 to 1997, while 119 districts reduced them, according to the Institute's analysis of data made available recently by the Office of the State Comptroller
05
May
1999
Bulletin #5: May 5, 1999 Health-care cuts? What health-care cuts? Just how far out of line is New York's Medicaid program? With less than 7 percent of U.S. population, our Medicaid spending was 17.3 percent of the national total in 1997. Per-capita spending on the program totaled $1,177 - not only the highest level in the country, but more than 50 percent above the second-highest state
03
May
1999
Bulletin #4: May 3, 1999 Education cuts? What education cuts? One of the pro-spending lobbyists' biggest complaints about Governor Pataki's proposed budget is that it "slashes" education spending. The fact is, of course, that our education spending is already among the very highest in the country, and would jump still further under the Executive Budget
03
May
1999
Bulletin #4: May 3, 1999 Education cuts? What education cuts? One of the pro-spending lobbyists' biggest complaints about Governor Pataki's proposed budget is that it "slashes" education spending. The fact is, of course, that our education spending is already among the very highest in the country, and would jump still further under the Executive Budget
29
Apr
1999
Bulletin #3: April 29, 1999  Health care being 'slashed'? We've heard it all before The health-care lobbyists and unions are working overtime to convince New Yorkers and their elected officials that our health-care system will be at death's door, if state financing is reduced. The head of the Greater New York Hospital Association said recently that, as a result of funding reforms proposed by both Governor Pataki and President Clinton, "You're going to see massive service cutbacks" in hospitals
29
Apr
1999
A workers' compensation reform that has been a top Council priority for several years is part of new legislation-the second bill introduced this session that would make the same reform. The "Small Business Support Act of 1999," developed and sponsored by Senator Nicholas Spano (R-Westchester), addresses longtime priorities of The Council's Workers' Compensation Committee and Small Business Council
29
Apr
1999
The Business Council has reprinted Governor Pataki's April 15 testimony before Congress in a brochure for economic development and site-selection professionals. Governor Pataki told the House Committee on Government Reform about New York's economic decline in recent decades, how high taxes drove that decline, and the state's recent efforts to reverse the decline