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Rochester Business Alliance Vice President of Public Policy and Advocacy Chris Wiest responded to Governor Andrew Cuomo's 2013-14 executive budget proposal by issuing the following statement:

"The Rochester Business Alliance is encouraged by Governor Cuomo's pledge to hold the line on taxes, continue investment in regional economic development initiatives, provide mandate relief for municipalities, and implement meaningful unemployment and workers' compensation insurance reforms," said Wiest. "In particular, our members list high Workers' Compensation costs, currently the fifth highest in the nation, among their top three concerns about doing business in New York. The governor's plan to reform Worker's Comp is a step in the right direction and we look forward to working with him and the legislature in finding additional ways to implement cost savings for employers. The governor's Unemployment Insurance reform package also shows promise to generate cost savings for employers while paying back federal debt and enhancing benefits for the unemployed. Taking a municipality's "ability-to-pay" into account in arbitration cases, and capping awards at two percent for local governments under fiscal stress, offers important and much-needed mandate relief. Together, these budget proposals and reforms can make New York a more attractive place to work, live, and do business."

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