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Final New York state budget needs to grow jobs and economy

As the Governor and New York State Legislature progress in final budget negotiations, The Business Council of New York State, Inc. is calling for a final state budget that boost jobs and New York’s economy.

“Job creation and economic growth are key to building strong communities in New York,” said Heather C. Briccetti, Esq., president and CEO of The Business Council of New York State, Inc. “Continuing to restrain spending, implementing broad-based tax reform and mandate relief need to be a priority for a final state budget.”

The Council also debuted a new ad, “Help New York’s economy grow,” focusing on how tax cuts will help improve New York’s economy. Watch the ad below.

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Business Council Vice President of Government Affairs Ken Pokalsky’s letter to the editor was published in the Albany Times Union. Read his letter that outlines how increasing taxes won’t help create jobs in New York how tax cuts would help create a more competitive economic climate to generate good-paying jobs and healthier communities.

A study earlier this year by The Public Policy Institute of New York State, Inc. (PPI), “Analysis of Economic Impacts of New York Corporate Income Tax Reform,” showed that when the tax reforms are fully adopted, major business and employment sectors will grow including construction, trades and business service sectors, manufacturing, and financial services.

Among the other issues of concern to The Business Council in a final state budget: Paid Family Leave, Out-of-Network Mandates, Energy Tax, Campaign Finance Reform, Brownfields, and education and tourism funding. Read more on The Business Council’s website.

New York manufacturers support elimination of onerous energy tax

With budget negotiations underway, The Business Council of New York State joined other the state manufacturing interests in writing a letter to Governor Cuomo and legislative leaders expressing continued support for Part S of the TED Article VII legislation as contained in the Senate and Governor’s budgets.

This measure would reduce the Public Service Law § 18-a(6) Temporary State Energy and Utility Service Conservation Assessment (Temporary Assessment) by a total of $200 million per year by eliminating the assessment on large utility customers and accelerate the phase out for all other customers. Affordable energy is a critical component to any thriving economy, and a necessity for New York businesses and residents alike, particularly to the energy intensive manufacturing sector.

Groups signing the letter with The Business Council include: Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce, Chief Executives Network for Manufacturing of the Capital Region, Manufacturers Alliance of New York,  Manufacturers Association of Central New York, and Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier.

Read the letter on The Business Council’s website.

Utility tax extension faces opposition among legislators

Natusumi Ajisaka, staff writer for The Daily Orange, wrote a very good story about The Business Council’s opposition to Governor Cuomo’s proposed extension of the 18-a utility tax. Many lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are also opposed, including Assemblyman Al Stirpe (D-Cicero), who is quoted heavily in Ajisaka’s piece.

Click here to read more.

Click here to see the list of legislators who stand in opposition to 18-a.

Click here to read The Business Council’s statement on its opposition to 18-a.

Take Action Button[message_box title=”Support the Removal of a Hidden Energy Tax – Let 18a Sunset” color=”red”]A quick look at  your electric energy bill will reveal the “Temporary State Assessment Surcharge.” This assessment was scheduled to be reduced this year, saving electric consumers over $200 million. Extending the fee will cost all energy consumers (businesses, governments, schools, non-profits and residences) in the State $236 million in 2013 and $2.8 billion over the next six years.

Click here to tell Governor Cuomo and your local legislators that New Yorkers pay nearly the highest energy taxes in the nation. Electricity is the lifeblood of our economy and must not be burdened by additional taxes, fees, or assessments.[/message_box]

 

 

Video: Assemblyman Brian Kolb, business leaders call for an end to 18-a tax

Earlier this afternoon, Assemblyman Brian Kolb was joined by many lawmakers and business organizations to call for an end to the 18-a energy tax.

“It’s time we take actual steps to make living and doing business in New York State a little bit easier for families and job creators.  Hidden taxes and fees like the 18-a assessment hurt New Yorkers trying to cope with fiscal challenges and stifle economic development,” Leader Kolb said.  “The 18-a assessment is an energy tax that was introduced as a temporary measure.  Now, we face a proposal that will force New Yorkers to endure more high energy costs, and add $2.5 billion dollars onto consumer energy bills over the next five years.”

The following short video includes statements by Assemblyman Kolb and Heather Briccetti, president and CEO of The Business Council of New York State.

The Business Council unveils webpage of lawmakers who oppose the 18-a utility tax

Today The Business Council of New York State, Inc. unveiled a webpage supporting the growing number of State Senators and members of the Assembly who oppose the proposed five year extension of the Temporary State Energy and Utility Service Conservation Assessment, also known as 18-a.

Click here to see the list of lawmakers and associations who oppose 18a.

“The Business Council stands with 26 other associations throughout the state and the many lawmakers in the Senate and Assembly who reject the proposed extension of 18-a,” said Heather Briccetti, president and CEO of The Business Council. “It’s a broken promise by those who said this tax would be temporary. New Yorkers already pay the highest utility taxes in the nation. In the last two years, the Executive Budget has shown a commitment to fiscal discipline. It should maintain that commitment and allow 18-a to sunset.”

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 [message_box title=”Support the Removal of a Hidden Energy Tax – Let 18a Sunset” color=”red”]A quick look at  your electric energy bill will reveal the “Temporary State Assessment Surcharge.” This assessment was scheduled to be reduced this year, saving electric consumers over $200 million. Extending the fee will cost all energy consumers (businesses, governments, schools, non-profits and residences) in the State $236 million in 2014 and $2.8 billion over the next six years.

Tell Governor Cuomo  New Yorkers pay nearly the highest energy costs in the nation. Electricity is the lifeblood of our economy and must not be burdened by additional taxes, fees, or assessments.[/message_box]

 

Newsday: State budget issues on the table: Millionaires’ tax and phase out of 18-a utility tax

Yancy Roy of Newsday reports a phase out of the 18-a utility tax and the millionaire’s tax are on the table for final state budget negotiations.

Read the full story here.

Take Action logo [message_box title=”Support the Removal of a Hidden Energy Tax – Let 18a Sunset” color=”red”]A quick look at  your electric energy bill will reveal the “Temporary State Assessment Surcharge.” This assessment was scheduled to be reduced this year, saving electric consumers over $200 million. Extending the fee will cost all energy consumers (businesses, governments, schools, non-profits and residences) in the State $236 million in 2014 and $2.8 billion over the next six years.

Tell Governor Cuomo  New Yorkers pay nearly the highest energy costs in the nation. Electricity is the lifeblood of our economy and must not be burdened by additional taxes, fees, or assessments.[/message_box]