The end of session agenda for the labor movement includes a renewed push for basic standards with regard to job creation when the state and local governments use taxpayer dollars for economic development. Two very important budget issues that were left unfinished should be addressed as the end of session advances, so that all New Yorkers can benefit from economic development.
The design/build law, which bypasses the existing competitive bidding process in the name of speeding project delivery, is set to expire this December. Budget negotiations failed to produce an agreement to extend this law.
The labor movement has submitted amendments to require that Project Labor Agreements be used when design-build is utilized. Design-build should also include detailed cost/benefit analysis and protections for public employees that provide engineering, inspection and other operational services for facilities that are built using design-build.
These protections will ensure that we do not lose good jobs in the contracting process and that construction jobs that are created meet standards to ensure we are creating good, family-sustaining jobs.
A second focus should be passage of the Jobs Act (S6870/A8203A). This bill will ensure that the state’s economic development vehicles, including state and local tax breaks or assistance from Industrial Development Agencies, adhere to basic transparency and accountability when it comes to job creation. The bill would also require that governments get a return of those investments from employers that do not meet the job creation goals.
Mario Cilento, President[/td_text_with_title][td_text_with_title custom_title=”Call To Action”]NEXT LABOR LOBBYISTS MEETING
Monday, June 2, 2014, 1:00 p.m.
100 South Swan Street, Albany[/td_text_with_title][td_text_with_title custom_title=”Issue of the Week”]Support the Just and Open Business Subsidies (JOBS) Act
(S6870 Savino/A8203A Ryan)
Many, if not all, economic development programs are enacted to help stimulate private sector investment in communities and to create jobs. Unfortunately, too many of the programs have evolved into massive corporate welfare programs. This bill is intended to refocus these various programs to ensure that our state and communities get a return on investment. Rather than simply increase profits for business by granting public assistance in exchange for empty promises of job creation, this bill will hold businesses accountable for those promises.
The bill creates new oversight and accountability to track financial assistance agreements as well as the operation and effectiveness of economic development. The bill provides for transparency and public disclosure, creates local hiring preferences and would allow for the recoupment of incentives in the event an employer does not follow through on job creation and economic development promises.
Billions of dollars are spent each year on public assistance for business. New York’s taxpayers have a right to expect and require that when public money is used for economic development, meaningful jobs are created. This not only helps build local economies but it helps replenish the lost tax revenue that is given away in the form of incentives[/td_text_with_title]