Unshackle Upstate, a pro-taxpayer advocacy organization, recently released its 2017 Legislative Agenda.
The agenda proposes continued budgetary discipline, the enactment of a 2 percent spending cap, workers’ compensation reforms, rejection of expanded construction mandates, support additional energy infrastructure and permit ride-hailing operations in upstate.
“The sensible reforms and proposals contained within this year’s agenda will get the upstate economy moving in the right direction,” said Greg Biryla, executive director. “As recent data from the state’s Department of Labor and U.S. Census Bureau have shown, people are fleeing the state while employers struggle to create jobs. This is especially true across upstate communities. This crisis will continue until our leaders in Albany create a climate conducive to economic growth by lowering taxes, reducing regulatory red tape and tackling burdensome mandates.”
Citing last year’s agreement on minimum wage and paid family leave, Biryla said advancing meaningful reforms will help employers create jobs and expand their businesses.
“Employers are still reeling from the outcomes of last year’s legislative session,” Biryla said. “Any proposal that raises taxes, imposes costly mandates or adds to the burden of struggling businesses must be soundly rejected. Revitalizing the upstate economy must be the top priority for our leaders in Albany. We’re ready to work with Gov. Cuomo and the Legislature to achieve this critical goal.”
For information, visit unshackleupstate.com.