John Merline of Investor’s Business Daily posted an interesting story about a study on the migration of Americans from “less-than-liberal states to more-free conservative states.” That study was conducted by George Mason University’s Mercatus Center. Can you guess which state is considered the freest? How about which one is considered the least free?
Dave Lucas of WAMC filed this very good report on the impact an increase in New York’s minimum wage would have on business in New York. The story on WAMC includes Ken Pokalsky of The Business Council, Frank Mauro of the Fiscal Policy Institute and Mark Dunlea of the Huger Action Network.
Erik Kriss, bureau chief for the New York Post, reports on reaction to the tax credits that were combined with the minimum wage increase. He quotes Ken Pokalsky, The Business Council’s Vice President of Government Affairs, who said ““It’s certainly not the approach we had asked for.”
David Robinson of The Buffalo News reported on National Fuel Gas Co.’s request that state regulators freeze its delivery rates for three years. The proposal would extend National Fuel’s current delivery rates through May 2016. National Fuel has been a member of The Business Council since 1967.
Tim Knauss, reporter for The Post-Standard and Syracuse.Com, posted the following story about a central New York company which will be receiving a large allocation of low-cost power under the state’s Recharge NY program. Governor Cuomo created the program in 2011. It gives New York businesses the ability to buy low-cost power. In return, companies must commit to job retention and creation and invest in capital improvements.
Chris Bragg, reporter for Crain’s New York Business and blogger for Crain’s Insider, posted the following story on the City Council bill that would mandate five paid six days to full-time employees for businesses with 20 or more employees, a measure strongly opposed by business groups in New York City.
Gannett reporters Joseph Spector and Jessica Bakeman break down the specifics of the Assembly approval of the $135 billion budget for the 2013-14 fiscal year. It may be done, but both Republicans and Democrats were unhappy with some of the provisions including cuts to services for people with developmental disabilities and the minimum wage provision.
Time Warner Cable Business Class opened a data center in New York City today to provide businesses with a secure facility for their information technology assets. The 17,000 square-foot facility is located at 395 Hudson Street in Lower Manhattan and offers flexible space options to serve the needs of businesses of all sizes.
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The Business Council applauds Senator Terry Gipson’s (D -41st Senate District) continued opposition to the 18-a utility tax.
Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerman, recently sent President Obama and legislative leaders a letter urging them to help reform the current immigration system which he called “outdated and inefficient.” He cited an issue that The Business Council has addressed here in New York, finding qualified, highly-skilled professionals to fill open jobs. Zuckerman is referencing the 85,000 H-1B visas that make up the U.S. government limit for this year. More than a hundred corporate heads and associations, including several members of The Business Council, signed on to the letter.
Here’s a snippet of that letter:
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are tens of thousands of unfilled jobs requiring highly skilled individuals. Five high-tech companies alone – IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Oracle and Qualcomm – have combined 10,000 openings in the United States. Each one of these jobs has thepotential to create many others, directly and indirectly. Bipartisan legislation currently introduced in theSenate, such as The Immigration Innovation Act of 2013, and bi-partisan legislation focused onaddressing the needs of entrepreneurs and start ups such as the Startup Visa Act and Startup Act 3.0, willencourage innovation here in the U.S. by allowing American companies and entrepreneurs to have accessto the talented workers they need while simultaneously investing in STEM education here in the U.S. We know what it will take to keep America in a position of global leadership. We know that when America is leading, our economic growth follows to the benefit of our nation’s workforce.
We call on you to address the need for more qualified, highly-skilled professionals, domestic and foreign,and to enact immigration reform this year. We look forward to working with you and your colleagues in a bipartisan way as we move forward in our common interest.