ALBANY, N.Y. Despite a decline in motor vehicle accidents in New York, auto insurance
rates are increasingand a new study by the Public Policy Institute of New
York State says an increase in liability claims and New York's unchecked lawsuit
industry are to blame.
Auto accident-related litigation has increased in New York even though it adopted
"no-fault" insurance to minimize such lawsuits, according to Driving
Force: The role of lawsuits in pushing up the cost of car insurance in New York
Local business and government leaders will discuss the effects of government
mandates on the costs of local government in "roundtable" meetings Nov.
18-20 in western New York.
These are the first "Mandate Reform Roundtables" that the new Coalition
for Mandate Reform will conduct to explore how mandates affect the operations
and costs local governments-and the taxes they impose to pay these increased
The Business Council has expanded its workers' compensation committee to include three
sub-committees that will work on specialized issues.
The full committee includes more than 600 individuals representing members with many
different interests related to workers' compensation, said Stacey Hengsterman, The Council's
workers comp specialist
Smaller businesses in New York seem confident that problems making computer
systems year 2000-compliant will be minor, an informal survey of Business Council
However, respondents showed less confidence in the ability of their suppliers
and distributors to meet the challenge.
The Council published a brief survey in the September 4 issue of The Wire
and asked members to fax responses
Robert Snashall, chairman of the New York State Workers' Compensation Board,
will speak at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7, at a meeting of The Council's Workers'
Snashall will discuss the state of workers' comp in New York State. The meeting
should include some opportunity for discussion of The Council's priorities
for expanded workers' comp reform, said Stacey Hengsterman, The Council's workers'
New York State's tax cuts just keep going and going.
First steps in two major tax reductions-elimination of the state's added estate
tax and reduction of the gross receipts tax on utility bills-took effect Oct.
1. Both cuts were top priorities for The Business Council, which lobbied successfully
for their adoption
By Lewis Golub
I'm excited about The Business Council's prospects for the next 12 months.
We really are poised to do even more to improve New York's hospitality to
business. But in the year ahead, we'll face new challenges. Our potential for
progress is at least matched by the danger of setbacks
The Business Council's Board
of Directors has
approved a 1999 legislative agenda that will focus on these priorities: further
tax cuts, tort reform, health-care cost containment, and improved workforce
The Board also designated the campaign for reform of government mandates as
the top priority for The Council's research affiliate, The
Public Policy Institute
ALBANY Local business groups and government leaders throughout New
York State are joining forces to tackle a prime cause of high local taxes state
More than 50 local government officials and 29 chambers of commerce from around the state
have formed the Coalition for Mandate Reform, The Business Council of New York State, Inc
New York has made great strides in improving its business climate in the
last four years-but can and will do even more, Gov. George Pataki said at The
Business Council's Annual Meeting.
"It [New York's economic comeback] is not done-it's never done," the Governor
said Sept. 16. "Every day, we have to be more effective and competitive as