NFIB/NY in the News

Date: November 05, 2015

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Feb. 25, 2015
NY Labor Department Approves Wage Increase for Food Service, Other Tipped Workers, Auburn Citizen
Robert Harding
The State Labor Department approved a wage increase from $5.00/hr. to $7.50/hr. for food service and hospitality workers beginning December 31, 2015. 

“Business groups criticized the order handed down by the state Labor Department. National Federation of Independent Business New York State Director Michael Durant said the decision will hurt the state’s hospitality industry. “With today’s final approval by the state Department of Labor and at the urging of Governor Cuomo, small employers in the vitally important hospitality industry will see increases in labor costs,” Durant said. “This move runs counter to the alleged focus on small business and the barriers they face in New York.””

Feb. 4, 2015
State Leaders Clash on Minimum Wage Debate, TWC News
Nick Reisman
“I the mayor and the governor need to both stop the race to be on the Mount Rushmore of progressive politicians. This is a non-starter for small business — either proposal,” said NFIB State Director Mike Durant.”

Feb. 4, 2015
How Many Have Enrolled in NY Health Exchange? Binghamton Press & Sun
Denise Nickerson
In response to the revelation that 1.4 million of 2 million new enrollees on the public health insurance exchange are enrolled in Medicaid, NFIB State Director Mike Durant noted that New York State already has the most expensive Medicaid program in the nation– ringing in at $62 billion per year. Small businesses on the other hand are facing the difficult choice of dropping insurance coverage for employees due to expense and paying a fine or absorbing higher costs.

Jan. 28, 2015
Interim Silver Replacement Has More Business Friendly AgendaCapital New York 
Bill Mahoney
” Morelle, a Democrat from Rochester, “represents a thoughtful lawmaker that you can go have a conversation with on a specific issue,” said Mike Durant, state director of the National Federation of Independent Businesses. “You’re not dismissed immediately. For our agenda, that would represent change from what we’ve seen over a vast number of years.”
January 26, 2015
Capital Tonight 

NFIB/NY State Director Mike Durant tells Capital Tonight’s Liz Benjamin that Governor Cuomo’s 2015-2016 budget proposal sends a mixed message to small business. Durant states that it’s hard to applaud the proposal, including a small business tax reduction, because 90% of small business owners are excluded from the tax cut. At the same time, the Governor proposes increasing minimum wage and the “circuit breaker” property tax gimmick leaves out high taxed commercial property.

Feb. 25, 2015
NY Labor Department Approves Wage Increase for Food Service, Other Tipped Workers, Auburn Citizen
Robert Harding
The State Labor Department approved a wage increase from $5.00/hr. to $7.50/hr. for food service and hospitality workers beginning December 31, 2015. 

“Business groups criticized the order handed down by the state Labor Department. National Federation of Independent Business New York State Director Michael Durant said the decision will hurt the state’s hospitality industry. “With today’s final approval by the state Department of Labor and at the urging of Governor Cuomo, small employers in the vitally important hospitality industry will see increases in labor costs,” Durant said. “This move runs counter to the alleged focus on small business and the barriers they face in New York.””

Feb. 4, 2015
State Leaders Clash on Minimum Wage Debate, TWC News
Nick Reisman
“I the mayor and the governor need to both stop the race to be on the Mount Rushmore of progressive politicians. This is a non-starter for small business — either proposal,” said NFIB State Director Mike Durant.”

Feb. 4, 2015
How Many Have Enrolled in NY Health Exchange? Binghamton Press & Sun
Denise Nickerson
In response to the revelation that 1.4 million of 2 million new enrollees on the public health insurance exchange are enrolled in Medicaid, NFIB State Director Mike Durant noted that New York State already has the most expensive Medicaid program in the nation– ringing in at $62 billion per year. Small businesses on the other hand are facing the difficult choice of dropping insurance coverage for employees due to expense and paying a fine or absorbing higher costs.

Jan. 28, 2015
Interim Silver Replacement Has More Business Friendly AgendaCapital New York 
Bill Mahoney
” Morelle, a Democrat from Rochester, “represents a thoughtful lawmaker that you can go have a conversation with on a specific issue,” said Mike Durant, state director of the National Federation of Independent Businesses. “You’re not dismissed immediately. For our agenda, that would represent change from what we’ve seen over a vast number of years.”


January 26, 2015
Capital Tonight 

NFIB/NY State Director Mike Durant tells Capital Tonight’s Liz Benjamin that Governor Cuomo’s 2015-2016 budget proposal sends a mixed message to small business. Durant states that it’s hard to applaud the proposal, including a small business tax reduction, because 90% of small business owners are excluded from the tax cut. At the same time, the Governor proposes increasing minimum wage and the “circuit breaker” property tax gimmick leaves out high taxed commercial property.

Click image to view interview, starting at 41:22

January 22, 2015
Some Small Businesses would see tax cut under Cuomo budget, but minimum wage could go up, Albany Business Review 
by Michael DeMasi
” Mike Durant, state director of the National Federation of Independent Business, said the governor’s push to raise the minimum wage to $11.50 in New York City and $10.50 elsewhere “is a nonsensical distraction and calls into question the sincere effort to help small business.” “Make no mistake, there is no deal to be made on this issue,” Durant said. “

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