For the second consecutive year, The Business Council has
helped New York's business community effectively reduce its
own taxes by pre-paying unemployment insurance (UI) taxes.
Because businesses pre-paid more than $62 million in UI
taxes in December, UI taxes on all employers in the state
will be reduced by some $210 million in 1999, said Business
Council President Daniel B
A representative group of The Business Council's Directors
discussed The Council's top legislative priorities with Governor
George Pataki at a meeting January 19.
Business Council President Daniel B. Walsh and Board members
briefed the Governor on The Council's top priorities for
1999: tax cuts, health care cost containment, tort reform,
and workforce development
STATE OF NEW YORK
GEORGE E. PATAKI, GOVERNOR
Governor George E. Pataki today announced his 1999-2000 Executive Budget
will include a plan to reduce the State's income tax for nearly five
million taxpayers by $600 million, reducing the tax burden on a typical
middle-income family by about $150 per year by 2003
How advances in network computing can and should change
how government works will be the theme of a conference in
Albany Jan. 19 co-sponsored by IBM and The Business Council.
The symposium, which is entitled "Rethinking Government
in the Network Computing Age," will take place from 9 a
A key member of the Assembly leadership has endorsed The
Business Council's "Upstate Agenda for Growth"-and has said
the state must do even more to ensure that the upstate economy
reaches its potential.
Assemblyman Robin Schimminger, an Erie County Democrat who
chairs the Assembly Committee on Economic Development, Job
Creation, Commerce and Industry, said upstate needs "aggressive
action to energize our economy
The Business Council's Government Affairs Council (GAC)
will finalize The Council's
1999 legislative agenda at its first meeting of 1999.
The meeting will take place at 10 a.m. Tuesday, January
19, in meeting rooms 2 and 3 of the Empire State Plaza
A new report on health-care taxes from The Business Council's
research affiliate has ignited a lively debate on the future
of those taxes, which raise $1.38 billion a year and are
due to expire this year.
a study released Nov
Jesse J. Greene, Jr., vice president of finance for Eastman
Kodak Company, has been elected to The Business Council's
Board of Directors.
Greene was elected by the Board during its meeting December
15 in New York City. He will fill a vacancy in a term ending
The Business Council has issued a statement underlining
its support for the learning standards and graduation requirements
that have been adopted by the state's Board of Regents.
The standards, which were developed with the support of
The Business Council initially, are being phased in beginning
with the current school year
New York State must move aggressively to adopt a health-care
quality-measurement program that includes regular public
report cards on hospitals and other health-care institutions,
according to The Business Council's specialist in health-care