Unshackle Upstate Releases 2013 Policy Agenda

ROCHESTER – Unshackle Upstate recently released its 2013 policy agenda.

The agenda reinforces the organization’s core principles and prioritizes legislative and regulatory items that impact taxpayers and employers – including meaningful mandate relief and easing regulatory burdens that impede job creation.

“Over the past two years, New York state has made significant progress in rebuilding its economy but the fight to save our state is far from over,” said Brian Sampson, executive director of Unshackle Upstate. “Our 2013 agenda clearly identifies the challenges facing Upstate families and businesses and advances realistic solutions that will help make the state a place where can all grow and prosper. We need to take care of the unfinished business of past sessions so New York can truly call itself the Empire State.”

Unshackle Upstate’s 2013 agenda is intended to keep New York on a path of fiscal responsibility in order to promote private sector job growth, especially in the struggling Upstate regions of the state. Specific agenda items include:

Enacting meaningful mandate relief;

Reforming the Scaffold Law;

Reforming workers’ compensation; and

Permitting responsible development of New York’s shale gas resources.

The release of the organization’s agenda received support from members of the business community.

Citing the passage of the 2-percent property tax cap and the elimination of the proposed 45-percent Thruway toll increase, Sampson said he is confident in continued progress in 2013.

“We’ve taken some critical first steps and we’re hopeful that Gov. Cuomo and members of the Legislature will take action to stimulate additional job growth, strengthen our economy and make our communities more affordable,” Sampson said. “Our organization remains committed to educating and empowering taxpayers about decisions being made in Albany and we will hold our elected officials accountable for their actions.”