News

09
Jul
1998
A call for higher standards for public school teachers to match new higher standards for students is "an important step forward in the effort to improve the quality of public education," according to Margarito Mayo, The Business Council's specialist in education issues. But Mayo said that standards for teachers can be raised without undermining or eliminating existing alternative certification methods for teachers
09
Jul
1998
The government affairs staff of The Business Council has prepared a complete summary of how major issues of concern to the business community were addressed in the legislative session that ended June 19. The 21-page document summarizes both bills that were passed and those that were rejected, and indicates the position taken by The Business Council if any
09
Jul
1998
Our expanded web page now offers information about all Council programs - and connections to many relevant web sites in Albany The Business Council has significantly increased the amount and breadth of information on its page on the World-Wide Web. The web page is intended to offer members and any other visitors information about The Council, its programs and services for members, its research and its legislative agenda
25
Jun
1998
Gov. George Pataki has agreed to present the keynote address Wednesday, September 16, at The Business Council's Annual Meeting at the Sagamore in Bolton Landing, New York. At the annual meeting, which is open to all Business Council members, Business Council leaders will outline future plans, and discuss what can be expected from state lawmakers in the year ahead
24
Jun
1998
Employers oppose new government intrusion into the health-care market because private-sector efforts have improved quality and held back the growth in health costs, Business Council staff told national journalists at two recent forums
24
Jun
1998
Strong opposition from The Business Council and many other groups helped quash a number of trial lawyer-backed bills designed to expand liability and, in the process, fatten trial lawyers' portfolios and bottom lines. Opposition to expanded liability was so strong that the broader initiative of tort reform gained considerable momentum, said Business Council President Daniel B
24
Jun
1998
A proposal to change the basis of employers' workers' comp premiums from payroll to "hours worked" has been rejected by the Legislature. The Business Council had strongly opposed the hours-worked proposal, arguing that since workers' comp is intended to replace lost wages, employers' taxes for workers' comp should be based on wages
24
Jun
1998
The Business Council has scored a major victory on one of its top legislative priorities: a comprehensive unemployment insurance (UI) reform bill. Governor Pataki is expected to sign the bill, which would: Create new, more balanced UI tax tables. Reform disqualification procedures so all employers whose accounts might be tapped for benefits can introduce disqualifying evidence in an applicant's benefits hearing
19
Jun
1998
ALBANY — A new agreement between The Business Council and the New York State AFL-CIO on a bill to reform the state's unemployment insurance (UI) system "will bring New York's unemployment insurance system into the 21st century and save employers millions of dollars in the process," according to Daniel B
11
Jun
1998
Thousands of jobs and millions of dollars in state and local tax revenues face an uncertain future unless lawmakers pass a bill to let mutual life insurance companies change their corporate structure, the Council said Wednesday. Unless lawmakers pass this bill, New York's mutual life companies will have strong incentives to create new jobs and to move existing ones out of state, said Business Council President Daniel B