News

18
Mar
1999
Just two weeks after The Business Council launched a new site on the World-Wide Web for "electronic advocacy" to urge tax cuts, some 4800 letters to key lawmakers and legislative staff have already been generated. Business Council members and others committed to further tax reductions are urged to visit the site to join The Council's campaign for more business tax reductions
17
Mar
1999
The state Assembly has announced a budget resolution calling for $75 million in new tax cuts. "Our state's economic future is closely tied to our ability to retain and create high-technology jobs and ensure that our state's workforce is prepared to hold these demanding jobs," Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver said in a news release
17
Mar
1999
ALBANY—The Business Council of New York State, Inc. today called on lobbyists for hospitals and health-care worker unions to "stop scaring New Yorkers" with false claims about impending changes in the hospital industry. "Once again, the hospital lobbyists and unions are spreading fear instead of facts," said Daniel B
17
Mar
1999
Council decries fear-mongering campaign against proposals to curb health spending. The Business Council Wednesday urged lobbyists for hospitals and health-care worker unions to "stop scaring New Yorkers" with false claims about impending changes in the hospital industry. "Once again, the hospital lobbyists and unions are spreading fear instead of facts," said Daniel B
10
Mar
1999
ALBANY—Senator Bruno's proposed new tax cuts will make New York's tax burden smaller and its recovery even stronger. The tax cuts already engineered by Governor Pataki and the legislative leaders have enhanced the state's fiscal health, improved our economic competitiveness, and created jobs
10
Mar
1999
Small-business owners in New York consider local property taxes and health-care costs their biggest barriers to growth, a survey by the Center for Governmental Research found. More than three-quarters of small businesses surveyed said it is harder to do business in New York than else-where
10
Mar
1999
Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno Tuesday unveiled a major expansion of his own proposal to again reduce New York State taxes. He also urged lawmakers to limit spending, noting that spending sprees in previous years had forced tax increases to cover the spending. The new tax-cut plan includes many business priorities, including cuts to the state's energy taxes, ton mileage tax, alternative minimum tax (AMT) and petroleum business tax
04
Mar
1999
By hiring individuals from certain targeted groups, such as people moving from welfare to work, New York businesses can tap tax incentives that have saved thousands of businesses more than $72million in federal and state taxes since 1996. "Businesses can tap into our bank of skilled workers to fill job vacancies, putting New Yorkers back to work," Governor Pataki said in a press release March 3
04
Mar
1999
State and Local Taxes Per $1,000 Personal Income, 1996 Rank State Amt. Rank State Amt. 1 Alaska $159 27 Ohio $111 2 NEW YORK $144 28 Georgia 111 3 Wisconsin 133 29 Montana 111 4 Hawaii 132 30 Delaware 109 5 Minnesota 132 31 Illinois 109 6 Maine 129 32 Michigan 109 7 New Mexico 126 33 North 109 8 Vermont 122 34 Oklahoma 108 9 Connecticut 121 35 Arkansas 108 10 North Dakota 121 36 Oregon 107 11 Utah 121 37 Maryland 106 12 Washington 120 38 Pennsylvania 106 13 Nebraska 119 39 South Carolina 105 14 Arizona 118 40 Indiana 104 15 Iowa 117 41 Colorado 103 16 Wyoming 117 42 Florida 103 17 New Jersey 116 43 Texas 103 18 Kentucky 116 44 Louisiana 103 19 Idaho 116 45 Missouri 101 20 Rhode Island 115 46 South Dakota 101 21 Nevada 114 47 Virginia 98 22 Kansas 114 48 Alabama 94 23 Mississippi 114 49 Tennessee 90 24 California 113 50 New Hampshire 89 25 West Virginia 113 U
04
Mar
1999
Twenty-five large businesses, 11 small businesses, and nine not-for-profit organizations will receive reduced-rate power under the state's 1999 Power for Jobs program. The first 1999 allocations under the program, which totaled 28,000 kilowatts, were announced February 24 by Governor Pataki