News

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
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
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
16
Apr
1998
A plan to force employers to implement programs to prevent workplace violence is too broad and duplicates ongoing programs, The Business Council has argued in a memo opposing the bill. The Assembly has passed the bill. The Senate has referred it to the Senate Labor Committee. The bill would force employers to conduct studies, implement policies, and begin new workplace training - whether or not there is a demonstrated need for these initiatives, said Minnick
16
Apr
1998
The Business Council's successful effort to save businesses $420 million in their 1998 unemployment insurance (UI) taxes may have boosted membership. In the first quarter, new member enrollment increased over 80 percent compared to the same period in 1997, he said. Widespread publicity about the pre-pay initiative probably played a key role in the increase, he added
15
Apr
1998
The following letter from Business Council President Daniel B. Walsh was delivered to Governor Pataki Wednesday, April 15. Staff Contact: Honorable George E. Pataki  Governor  Executive Chamber  The Capitol  Albany, New York 12224 Dear Governor Pataki: RE: Your support for the proposed tax cuts The new tax reductions approved by the Legislature represent the next giant step forward in the drive to make New York State more competitive for businesses and jobs
09
Apr
1998
Proposal Effective Date Fully Effective Date (If Phased-in) Fully Implemented Savings    STAR Acceleration 1998-99 School Year   0.0    Sales Tax Clothing Weeks Sept. 1998, Jan. 1999   0
02
Apr
1998
Employers in New York State this month will make their first payment on unemployment insurance (UI) taxes at the lower rate created by The Business Council's pre-payment initiative of late 1997. All New York State employers pay UI taxes quarterly. The first quarter's payment is due on April 30 of each year, explained Richard Schwarz, The Business Council's tax counsel
02
Apr
1998
Some 350 representatives of small business heard Governor Pataki and key legislators affirm their commitment to tax cuts and other policies that would improve the state's business climate. Governor Pataki, Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno, and Assemblyman Robin Schimminger addressed participants in Small Business Day March 30 in Albany