News

11
May
1998
ALBANY — Employers across New York State remain very concerned about the quality of high-school graduates available for jobs. But they are generally much more satisfied with the quality of preparation provided in the state's community colleges, and in public and private four-year colleges
08
May
1998
A briefing paper prepared for New York State Manufacturing Week, May 8 - 15, 1998 After decades of humiliating decline, New York State's manufacturing sector is at last making its comeback. It's a comeback based on world-class competitiveness — and on public policies that are changing for the better
08
May
1998
A briefing paper prepared for New York State Manufacturing Week, May 8 - 15, 1998 After decades of humiliating decline, New York State's manufacturing sector is at last making its comeback. It's a comeback based on world-class competitiveness — and on public policies that are changing for the better
06
May
1998
ALBANY — Comprehensive civil justice reform proposed in new legislation sponsored by Senator Dale Volker and Assemblyman Joseph Morelle "is an important step in the effort to sustain and expand New York's emerging economic comeback," said Daniel B. Walsh, President of The Business Council. Tort reform is one of the highest policy priorities identified by New York State's business community, Walsh noted, adding that The Business Council strongly supports the Volker-Morelle bill
05
May
1998
ALBANY — Proposed "reforms" of managed care in New York State could drive up health care costs by billions of dollars and leave thousands more New Yorkers with no health insurance at all, a new study by The Public Policy Institute says. The cost savings created by managed care make possible health insurance coverage for an estimated 200,000 to 300,000 New Yorkers who would otherwise be uninsured, the Institute says in its report, Managing With Care
30
Apr
1998
The Business Council has identified its top priorities for the rest of the legislative session now that the 1998 budget is set. Unemployment insurance reform: Employers with relatively few layoffs have a higher UI tax burden than they should. UI tax tables should be revised so rates better reflect companies' actual employment histories
30
Apr
1998
The importance of manufacturing to the state's economy will be a key theme of New York State Manufacturing Week May 8-15, sponsored by The Business Council and regional employer organizations around the state. "New York manufacturers produce more than just computers, cameras, medical instruments, and consumer goods," said Business Council President Daniel B
30
Apr
1998
A coalition of small and big businesses, municipalities, and not-for-profit groups has expanded its effort to convince lawmakers to rein in the state's lawsuit industry. New Yorkers for Civil Justice Reform, which includes The Business Council and 500 others members, is arranging meetings between tort reform supporters and key legislators in their district offices
27
Apr
1998
Assembly panels to examine promotion of exports and jobs Two Assembly subcommittees will hold a hearing on "Facilitating Exports: Promoting Export-Led Economic Growth and Jobs" at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 12, in Hearing Room B of the Legislative Office Building. The Assembly Committees on Small Business (chaired by Joseph D
16
Apr
1998
Reforming the state's unemployment insurance (UI) system will be a key priority for the current legislative session now that the Legislature has agreed on a budget, said Elliott Shaw, director of government affairs for The Business Council. "The budget deal in the Legislature is the earliest in years," Shaw said