News

05
Mar
1998
New York State's fair share of federal transportation dollars may be in peril. ISTEA, passed in 1991, expired last September. A six-month extension continued original funding allocations but expires at the end of March. The Business Council is part of the ISTEA Works Coalition, a group of 19 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia with a shared interest in ISTEA funding allocations
05
Mar
1998
The Business Council is urging lawmakers to consider another tax reduction - this time, for the poorest workers in New York State. With a broad coalition that includes advocates for labor, human services, and local governments, The Council urged Governor Pataki and legislative leaders to expand the state's earned income tax credit (EITC)
19
Feb
1998
The Business Council has made an overhaul of the state's unemployment insurance system a top priority in the current legislative session, said Chris Pugliese, manager of government and political affairs at The Business Council
19
Feb
1998
Two Assembly groups are holding hearings on the possible refinancing of the state's environmental "Superfund" this year. The Business Council will testify at one of these hearings. The Assembly Environmental Conservation Committee and the Assembly Commission on Toxic Substances and Hazardous Wastes are jointly sponsoring the hearings to discuss different approaches to refinancing Superfund
19
Feb
1998
New York State businesses consider the state's civil justice system a major impediment to competitiveness because it drives up costs and stifles innovation, a new survey of Business Council members shows. "The need for tort reform has never been more important to businesses and their ability to compete in New York," said Brian McMahon, director of manufacturing and economic development for The Business Council
17
Feb
1998
ALBANY -- A more competitive business environment helped employers in New York create an extra 86,000 jobs in 1997, compared to what would have been gained under the state's former share of the nation's growth, a new analysis by The Business Council of New York State says. And New York could add fully 170,000 additional jobs in 1998, just by attracting its share of the employment gains that economists predict for the national economy this year, The Council said
12
Feb
1998
The Assembly has passed a bill that would increase employers' health care costs by mandating enriched mental health coverage. The Business Council opposes the bill, which goes further than a federal law that took effect last month. The Council also cites the bill's high costs and potential for adding to the number of uninsured in the state, and notes that virtually all employer protections in the federal law were dropped from the Assembly bill
05
Feb
1998
The Business Council has urged the state Public Service Commission to approve "PowerChoice," a restructuring plan for Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation. NiMo's plan calls for a 3.2 percent rate cut for residential customers and small businesses and a 25 percent rate cut for large industrial customers
05
Feb
1998
New York's business community has begun a broad-based cam-paign to win the next major round of tax cuts needed to make the Empire State more competitive. Business Council President Daniel B. Walsh faxed a memo to chambers of commerce, regional associations and other allies on Wednesday, asking them to contact Governor Pataki and legislators in the next few days
05
Feb
1998
Gov. George Pataki has been invited to be the featured speaker at The Business Council's annual Small Business Day 1998, which will take place Monday, March 30, at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center in Albany. Small Business Day, which is co-sponsored by the National Federation of Independent Business in cooperation with many local chambers of commerce and business associations, provides an opportunity for representatives of smaller businesses to lobby lawmakers about important issues facing small business