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Sunday, December 21, 2014

LIA Albany Update

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LIA ALBANY UPDATE                                                                      
March 4, 2014
Contact: Matthew Cohen
631-493-3002
mcohen@longislandassociation.org 
 
Governor Cuomo and the New York Legislature must reach an agreement on the 2014-2015 State Budget no later than April 1st. The LIA has been closely monitoring and weighing in on the negotiations to ensure that the business community and Long Island will benefit. While the budget includes good news related to proposed reductions in business, estate, energy and property taxes, there are other aspects which need to be amended so that Long Island is treated equitably. For instance, the Governor has proposed a 100% property tax credit for upstate manufacturers and we have been arguing that Long Island manufacturers must get the same benefits as upstate companies.
 
For more information on the budget, please click here to find the proposed budget documents, including the Governor''s 21 Day and 30 Day Amendments.
Scaffold Law:
Momentum continues to build for the reform of the State''s antiquated Scaffold Law.Legislation has been introduced to eliminate the current absolute liability standard, which adds millions of dollars to construction projects and thus ultimately gets recouped through taxpayers. The LIA has prioritized fixing this law and we will continue to actively lobby on behalf of the taxpayers and business community to achieve a compromise that saves money while still protecting workers.
2014 Priorities and Initiatives:
The LIA has released its annual Priorities and Initiatives. We will advocate for our agenda in Washington, D.C., Albany, Mineola, Hauppauge and at the local levels and will be planning a trip for some members to Albany after the budget is resolved. Please click here for a full list of our Priorities and Initiatives.
 
And click here for the recent Newsday story.
For any detailed questions regarding the proposed state budget or the legislative season, please contact Matt Cohen at: Mcohen@longislandassociation.org