News

28
May
1998
The state's excess dividends tax on holding company assets could nullify much of the benefit of the Public Service Commission's (PSC) ongoing deregulation of utilities, according to Kevin Lanahan, The Business Council's specialist in energy issues.Lanahan said The Business Council strongly supports a bill that would eliminate that tax
17
May
1998
Editors/reporters: Attached are tables showing the largest per-student tax increases and decreases for school districts in various size categories. For data on all districts in your region, contact The Public Policy Institute at the above number. ALBANY — More than 300 school districts in New York State raised per-student taxes by more than the inflation rate from 1995 to 1996, while 115 districts were able to reduce per-student tax collections, a new study by The Public Policy Institute shows
14
May
1998
The Business Council is waging a multi-front battle against proposals that would drive up health-care costs and make it harder for employers to afford health coverage for workers.At the urging of trial lawyers and other special interest groups, the Legislature is considering a number of anti-HMO bills
14
May
1998
Members interested in learning more about compensation of workers in many professions and industries are urged to participate in a major survey on this topic -and, by doing so, to receive a substantial discount on the comprehensive survey results. Compensation Data - New York is an annual pay and benefits survey sponsored by The Council and conducted by Compdata Surveys
12
May
1998
ALBANY — The Public Policy Institute reported today that merchandise exports from New York now total over $53 billion a year, up almost 30 percent in three years. Export-related production is the primary source of new jobs in the state's manufacturing sector—but this sector is not growing as rapidly as in most competitor states
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