That is the same business climate that is based on rampant corruption of the New York State government - including Cuomo himself. I wrote about Cuomo's shenannigans about buying judges - he bought, only on my knowledge, three judges of the Court of Appeals so far (and that's only judging from records available to me, there may be more), Leslie Stein, Eugene Fahey and Chief Judge Janet DiFiore.
Naturally, the "recommendations" did not include the most sensible approach:
1) clean up the government by enhancing efforts to fight corruption;
2) enact new laws stripping corrupt officials of immunity and allowing private lawsuits against them - which will be an easy and financially efficient way to find corrupt public officials and then prosecute them criminally; the public will do the preliminary work through investigation and discovery through court at the litigants' own expense;
3) fight price monopolies for heating oil and gasoline - it makes no sense that in New York State where gas is needed in larger quantities, prices for it are higher than down South when gas is not needed in the same quantities for heating;
4) reduce property taxes and prohibit foreclosure on properties for inability to pay taxes.
Those measures were, of course, not recommended.
Instead, the recommendations to improve business climate in new York included:
- "Evaluating and repealing or modifying the weekly pay mandate in Labor Law as it relates to employers with less than 1,000 state employees.
- Encouraging localities to delay implementing or enforcing local laws on the use of Microbeads (any solid plastic particle that is less than 5 millimeters that is used for the purpose of exfoliating or cleansing; often found in cosmetic products) so as to comply with recently implemented Federal law.
- Achieving uniformity in regulations regarding the use of plastic bags at retail stores.
- Authorizing minority non-Certified Public Accountants to have ownership of Certified Public Accounting firms.
- Achieving uniformity in regulations regarding the use of chemicals in children’s toys.
- Modifying NYS Department of Labor regulations to update housing and other allowances for farm employees to be more reflective of current costs.
- Moving farm tax assessment functions from the NYS Department of Taxation and Finance to the NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets to acheve greater efficiencies.
- Speeding up phase-in time for exemption thresholds for the estate tax.
- Providing increased funding for the Farmworker Housing Program through the NYS Department of Housing and Community Renewal.
- Expediting the approval of wireless facility upgrades at existing locations throughout the state.
- Adopting a statewide standard for small scale, residential solar installations.
- Reforming the NYS “Excelsior” jobs program to help increase economic activity.
- Repealing NYS DMV rules relating to commercial truck inspections, enforcements, and penalty provisions in order to provide relief to employers for minor violations.
- 14.Clarifying NYS Industrial Development Agencies’ (“IDA’s”) authority to provide financial assistance in the form of loans and grants.
- Updating Business Corporation Law regulations with respect to items such as veilpiercing provisions, notice requirements for LLCs, age requirements for incorporators and rules for naming a corporation.
- Updating Abandoned Property Laws as they relate to Gift Cards and escheat laws."
- "Clarifying the standard for a sales tax nexus based on the presence of purchasing agents in New York State.
- Updating and streamlining New York’s State Environmental Quality Review Act (“SEQRA”) and other land use/project review processes. SEQR requires all state and local government agencies to consider environmental impacts together with social and economic factors during discretionary decision-making.
- Evaluating and adjusting the “Tax Base Growth Factor” under the real property tax cap to potentially include economic growth for various projects.
- Updating and modernizing “reportable quantities” as they relate to various hazardous substances.
- Instituting Court reforms to add additional commercial court judges.
- Allowing not-for-profits to issue student stipends in Career and Technical Education programs.
- Increasing and expanding use of Career and Technical Education (“CTE”) certifications.
- Investigating legislative solutions to address scheduling practices such as “on-call shifts” and “predictive scheduling.”
- Modifying regulations regarding the establishing Life Insurance Capital Reserves.
- Removing small business restrictions with respect to Minority and Woman owned business enterprises (“MWBE”)."
- "Implementing additional Workers’ Compensation Reform, including, but not limited to, improving municipal employer and county plan member access to public selfinsured pools, and finalizing durational caps on Permanent Partial Disabilities (“PPD”).
- Implementing Insurance Reforms.
- Expanding access to natural gas for manufacturing facilities.
- Adopting measures to provide price protection to large energy consumers from Public Service Commissions (“PSCs”) imposed energy assessments and regulatory costs under Reforming the Energy Vision (“REV”) clean energy standards.
- Undertaking a review of environmental regulations which exceed or differ from underlying federal requirements to identify unnecessary, non-beneficial compliance requirements.
- Supporting legislation that would remove the Unemployment Insurance requirement for agricultural employees working under an H2A visa.
- Restoring five Unemployment Insurance tax table rungs applicable to low experience-rated employers.
- Reviewing and amending unnecessary restrictions on physical and operational improvements and capital investments that improve efficiency and competitiveness and/or reduce energy emissions and use.
- Discussing the creation of a State Insurance Advisory Board.
- Changing legislation to allow for the application of the False Claims Act to tax matters.
- Setting time-limits for the Department of Financial Services to conduct audits and examinations.
I do not believe, though, that bleeding of population into other states will stop unless New York would start to
- clean up the act of its corrupt government, including and especially its corrupt judiciary, as well as
- reduce taxes,
- deregulate a large number of currently regulated professions where government regulation does not help the consumer, but instead hurts the consumer and the provider alike and
- fight price monopolies in the oil industry.
Of course, for each recommendation, with Cuomo's propensity for corruption, we will need to look for financial "sponsors" of any such recommendation and for tricks and "fine-print" benefits for such sponsors.
And I will be diligently researching the recommendations, its potential sponsors, and especially the highlighted recommendations, and will be reporting my findings on this blog.
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