News

10
Feb
1999
Reports that the Legislature is dismayed about how Governor Pataki submitted his budget have raised the possibility that a budget agreement will not be reached by the constitutional deadline of April 1. The Governor submitted a budget this year that would grow by less than the rate of inflation--a step that immediately led to promises that the Legislature would add significant spending to the package
10
Feb
1999
Commissioner of Education Richard Mills said this week that he would not relent in his quest for higher school standards, regardless of the outcome of the budget debate over school aid. Commissioner Mills made his comments Tuesday while testifying before legislative hearings on the education component of Governor Pataki's proposed budget
04
Feb
1999
The Council has begun a series of informal briefing memos on issues related to health-care cost containment. Elliott Shaw, outlined The Councils views on financing graduate medical education (GME) in the first memo in the series
04
Feb
1999
The Business Council and the Association of Presidents of Public Community Colleges have urged lawmakers to invest in workforce development that is employer-drven, locally delivered, easy to access and well-funded. In a memo to legislators February 1, The Council and the Association also called for $50 million in state aid to business, economic development groups, and educational institutions to support consortia efforts to develop and deliver training
04
Feb
1999
By Margarita Mayo In business we must listen to our customers or we eventually go out of business. Education has customers too--the most important of whom are the students. Their voice was captured in a Public Agenda Foundation report called Getting By: What American Teenagers Really Think About their Schools
03
Feb
1999
Action in Albany to reform state mandates and New York's civil justice system would help reduce local taxes and improve services of municipal governments, local elected officials told key lawmakers this week. New York City Mayor Rudolph W
03
Feb
1999
Private sector work-related injuries and illnesses declined by 20,000 cases to reach a record low in New York in 1997--despite a jump of more than 200,000 persons in the workforce. The state Department of Labor said private industry workplaces reported 248,100 non-fatal work-related injury and illness cases
02
Feb
1999
ALBANY—Business Council President Daniel B. Walsh today praised Assemblyman Ivan Lafayette, D-Queens, for introducing legislation that would impose criminal penalties on anyone who solicits lawsuits at the scene of an accident. Assemblyman Lafayette's bill, A.2022, would create a Class A misdemeanor for "unlawful solicitation of a tort victim
29
Jan
1999
Prepared by the staff of The Business Council  January 29, 1999 Issue Areas (Staff Contacts): OVERVIEW Construction Economic Development Education & Job Training Environment Health Labor & Welfare Reform Taxation Technology Transportation Workers' Compensation Overview Governor Pataki's 1999-2000 Executive Budget includes a number of major provisions that will further improve New York's business climate
27
Jan
1999
ALBANY—Given New York State's historically high taxes, cutting taxes means creating jobs. The proof lies in the tremendous gains our economy has made in the last four years, as taxes have been reduced again and again. Further tax cuts - such as those proposed by the Governor, and by Senator Bruno - will mean still more new jobs for working New Yorkers