Pro-business groups in NY push to create permanent extension of property tax cap

Pro-business organizations this session are pushing for a permanent extension of the state’s cap on property tax increases in the new legislative session, a position that aligns with Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

“Independent business owners risk it all to bet on themselves and create opportunity in every community across New York. Unfortunately, Albany often stacks the deck against Main Street job creators by regulating too much, taxing too often, and reforming too little,” said Greg Biryla, the state director of the National Federation of Independent Business.

“Small businesses, which employ nearly half the state’s private sector workforce, are the backbone of New York’s economy and the lifeblood of our middle class. NFIB’s agenda contains commonsense reforms and policies that will grow small businesses, create jobs, and make New York more economically competitive.”

The group on Tuesday will release its priorities for the new legislative session, including a call to reject new payroll, energy and health care taxes as well as backing an income tax cut for small businesses. The group also wants regulatory reform in addition to the permanent tax cap.

The push comes also as Democrats gain control of the state Senate. But even before the chamber changed leadership, the business community signaled its opposition to measures like minimum wage increases and paid family, approved under a Republican majority.

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