NY's NFIB Voting Record keeps track of key small business votes during legislative session
ALBANY (Sept. 24, 2018) – NFIB, New York’s leading small business advocacy organization, released its 2017-18 legislative Voting Record today. The Voting Record identifies the top issues for New York small business owners, tracks the votes of every legislator, and calculates a score on a scale of 100-percent. The Voting Record is a tool that allows small-business owners and small-business supporters to cut through the political rhetoric, so they can easily understand which Albany lawmakers truly support New York’s small businesses by analyzing their actual votes. NFIB’s New York State Voting Record is also a key component in NFIB’s decision to endorse incumbent legislators.
“This past legislative session showed a marked improvement for small businesses across the Empire State as several NFIB priorities were acted upon, and many of Albany’s worst proposals were ultimately defeated,” said Greg Biryla, NFIB New York State Director. “The Senate Majority championed worker’s compensation savings and delivered some positive reforms that will ease costs. The most potentially detrimental new or increased tax proposals were also avoided. While New York has a long way to go in creating a competitive, inviting small business environment, we are pleased to see NFIB’s voice was heard and legislators’ Voting Record scores reflect that.”
Biryla was quick to note that incremental progress should not be equated with “mission accomplished”.
“New York still taxes too much, regulates too much, mandates too much, and relies upon shortsighted, taxpayer-funded economic development incentives rather than working to create an economic climate that organically attracts small business investment and growth. Progress is appreciated, but small businesses need lawmakers from both parties to stay razor-focused on the many challenges and cost drivers that continue to make New York uncompetitive.”
The Voting Record examines eight key bills in the Assembly and Senate selected from the more than one hundred pieces of legislation monitored by NFIB.
Senators George Amedore (R-Dist. 46), Thomas Croci (R-Dist. 3), Simcha Felder (D-Dist. 17), Kathleen Marchione (R-Dist. 43), Rob Ortt (R-Dist. 62), Sue Serino (R-Dist.41) and Jim Tedisco (R-Dist. 49) received perfect scores of 100.
In the Assembly, Michael Montesano (R-Dist. 15), Angelo Morinello (R-Dist. 145), Phillip Palmesano (R-Dist. 132), and Mary Beth Walsh (R-Dist. 112) also had perfect scores.
To view and download the 2017-18 NFIB’s New York Voting Record, click here. (http://www.nfib.com/new-york/voting-record/)
For more information about NFIB, please visit www.nfib.com/newyork.