NY Business Group to Lawmakers: Cut Small Business Taxes

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -

A leading business advocacy organization is calling on New York state lawmakers to reduce taxes for small businesses and fight large increases to the minimum wage in 2016.

The Business Council of New York State’s big picture agenda for 2016 also calls for serious investments in roads, bridges and other infrastructure, plus stronger workforce development efforts. The council released its list of priorities as the lawmakers began their 2016 session.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has called on lawmakers to gradually increase the minimum wage from its current $9 an hour to $15. That has concerned many business owners who say it will lead to higher prices and fewer jobs. Cuomo plans to deliver his budget proposal to lawmakers on Wednesday.