By Sen. Dan Stec
As state lawmakers head into the 2023 Legislative Session, we must chart a better direction for our state and communities. Years of neglect and poor state planning, combined with the aftermath of the pandemic, have led to an exodus of New Yorkers from our state and fewer opportunities for existing residents and business owners to prosper.
Given the uncertain economic outlook nationwide, it only makes sense for New York state to offer small businesses some sorely needed financial breathing room by reducing the taxes and fees that drive up costs and make it harder for them to stay open, much less grow and develop. During a time of increased energy and supply costs, it’s incumbent upon state government to not exacerbate these problems.
Last year, the state comptroller released an audit on the Department of Labor’s unemployment insurance assessment surcharge. It revealed that billions in improper payments from businesses and overpayments to New Yorkers were issued, due to poor oversight and an antiquated system.
This is deeply troubling, and I’m looking to remedy this situation moving forward. First, we must take steps to shore up the infrastructure and operations at the DOL to ensure further waste and fraud is prevented. Offering financial remuneration to small business owners for their overpayments, which only exacerbated the economic difficulties they faced during the pandemic and its aftermath, is also essential.