A coalition of business, local government and education advocates came together this morning to unveil its “Let NY Work” report, a six-point plan the groups say would make life under the state’s new property-tax cap easier.
The plan — backed by the state Business Council, Unshackle Upstate, the state School Boards Association, the Westchester County Association and seven other advocacy groups — calls for the repeal or reform of a number of laws long lamented by the business community, including the Wick’s Law and the Triborough Amendment, which continues the terms of an expired public labor contract until a new deal is reached.
The six points, as written by the coalition:
- Make the pension system predictable and affordable
- Redefine compulsory arbitration
- Reduce the costs of construction on public/private projects
- Freeze step increases when contracts expire
- Establish minimum health insurance contribution level for employees and retirees
- Prohibit new mandates
Join us live here at noon, where we’ll host a discussion with Robert Reidy, executive director of the NYS Council of State Superintendents, one of the groups backing the plan.
In the meantime, here’s Business Council Acting President Heather Briccetti unveiling the plan: