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The Business Council’s 2014 Legislative and Regulatory Agenda reflects both the diversity of our statewide membership, as well as the broad public policy agenda confronting the business community. It includes proactive initiatives to improve the state’s business climate, promote new private sector investment and job creation, and identifies proposals damaging to business that we will work against.

2014 will be another challenging year for the state’s business community, with renewed calls for increased state spending, new taxes and new employer mandates. Fall elections will add an enhanced political element to the 2014 legislative session.

We believe it is important that New York maintain its recent focus on state spending restraint and broad-based reforms. Toward these objectives, The Business Council’s legislative priorities for 2014 include:

  • Adopting business tax reform — including broad-based rate reductions, elimination of special fees and assessments on business, and streamlining tax administration and compliance burdens.
  • Adopting Scaffold Law reform — New York’s unique, antiquated Scaffold Law imposes increased liability costs and risks on business and government alike. A comparative negligence standard will reduce insurance costs and promote additional public and private capital investments.
  • Promoting Labor Law reforms — including elimination of the Wage Theft Prevention Act’s annual notice/signature requirement, adopting reasonable standards regarding pay equity and workplace accommodations, and opposing new and increased pay and benefit mandates on private sector employers.
  • Continuing to promote education reform — ensuring that high school graduates are fully prepared for college and careers, and making sure that workforce-training programs address real-world needs of New York employers.
We look forward to working with our members to advocate for change while engaging with the broader business community and legislators statewide on our 2014 advocacy efforts.   

Heather Briccetti
President & CEO of The Business Council of New York State, Inc.



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