2014 NFIB Victories in New York

Date: November 13, 2014

Supported Update of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law
NFIB supported a bill to encourage the production of locally manufactured beverages, wine and spirits with the goal of promoting economic development and creating jobs.

Supported Estate, Manufacturing and Corporate Tax Reform
NFIB supported reforms in the 2014-2015 budget to increase the estate tax threshold to match the federal threshold over four years, eliminate taxes for manufacturers and lower the corporate franchise tax.  

Opposed Paid Family Leave
NFIB successfully defeated a proposal in the budget to mandate businesses with 25 employees or more provide paid leave.

Opposed Job Order Contracting
NFIB successfully opposed legislation that would prohibit state and local government entities from the practice of job order contracting (JOC), which would lead to increased government efficiency, more contracting opportunities for small business and savings for taxpayers. The bill passed both houses of the legislature and was vetoed by the Governor.

Supported Implementation of Unemployment Insurance System Reforms
As part of the Workers Compensation and Unemployment Insurance system reforms passed in 2013, NFIB/NY urged greater transparency and fairness for employers. The Department of Labor and Department of Tax and Finance in 2014 created two handbooks for employers, Questions and Answers: Hearings Before Unemployment Insurance Administrative Law Judges and the Employer’s Guide to Unemployment Insurance, Wage Reporting and Withholding Tax.  

2013 NFIB Victories

Supported a Cap on Agricultural Assessments
NFIB urged the adoption of legislation to cap agricultural assessment increases at 2% annually. This provides considerable relief from ever increasing property tax assessments on farms.

Supported Workers Compensation and Unemployment Insurance Systems Reforms
NFIB supported reforms that will reduce employers’ costs, increase equity and combat fraud. 

Supported Streamlining Agency Proceedings
NFIB successfully fought for a bill that allows small business owners to respond to some hearings and administrative proceedings on-line rather than in-person to minimize burdens. 

Opposed the Soda Ban 
NFIB filed an amicus brief in the lawsuit to overturn NYC’s ban on large sodas, and the state’s highest court agreed that the ban was an overreach of government.

Opposed the Styrofoam Ban
NFIB helped convince the NYC Council to adopt a recycling program rather than ban styrofoam containers, a measure that will save businesses money and protect thousands of manufacturing jobs. 

Other NFIB Victories

Opposed the MTA Payroll Tax
NFIB fought successfully to exempt almost 80% of employers from this unfair regional tax.

Supported Enactment of a Property Tax Cap
NFIB was instrumental in getting a property tax cap enacted in New York.

Opposed a Devastating Farm Labor Bill
NFIB fought a bill that would have resulted in higher labor costs for farms, including overtime pay, workers compensation costs and unionization of farm workers.

Supported Pension Reform to Provide Tax Relief 
NFIB successfully supported pension reform that will result in significant savings for taxpayers over time and will decrease the tax burden on business owners.

Stopped an Increase to Thruway Tolls
NFIB helped lead an effort to stop a 45% hike in its tracks, saving businesses and consumers billions of dollars.

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