The Senate GOP announced a jobs plan Friday, parts of which will be included in the chamber’s one-house budget, a spokesman said.
The Senate, controlled by a coalition of Republicans and Democrats, is set to release its budget proposal before midnight Friday, and the chamber will take action on the measure Monday, GOP spokesman Scott Reif said.
Meanwhile, Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos of Nassau County announced a “bold and sweeping job creation plan,” which would cut taxes for 1 million small businesses. It would also reduce energy costs for businesses and residential ratepayers in New York, saving $2.5 billion, according to a news release.
“There’s been much discussion at the Capitol about a lot of different issues, but when the members of our conference are in their districts, the issue they hear the most about is jobs,” Skelos said in a statement. “Helping businesses to create new private sector jobs has to be priority one.”
Skelos said his conference’s plan will make New York more competitive with other states. New York has been consistently ranked as having one of the worst business climates in the nation, although Gov. Andrew Cuomo has championed the property-tax cap and other recent improvements.
The plan also includes tax relief for manufacturers, reforms to “cut red tape and bureaucracy,” incentives to revitalize downtown, job training and help for unemployed veterans.
“This job creation plan injects significant fiscal relief for small business and is a commitment to drastically changing the economic trajectory of New York,” said Mike Durant, state director of the National Federation of Independent Business. “It incorporates many of the top legislative priorities for NFIB by drastically reducing taxes and providing needed regulatory reform. This is exactly what small business needs in this State.”