Assemblyman and Ranking Minority Ways and Means Committee Member Robert Oaks (R,C-Macedon) is tied for the top score in the state legislature in the Business Council of New York’s 2012 Legislative ratings.
The business council is one of the groups that advocates on behalf of businesses around the state. Recently, the council published its 2012 ratings of state legislators based on their votes during this year’s legislative session.
In 2012, The Business Council supported legislation that would reduce state and local pension costs; control state spending while avoiding new taxes; reform labor laws that impose unnecessary costs and restrictions on employers; and promote new jobs and investments in a range of strategically important business sectors. At the same time, the council opposed legislation to extend public sector prevailing wage to private sector projects; expand lawsuits against publicly-traded companies; drive up group health coverage costs; erode workers’ comp program reforms; and impose new environmental costs on power generation and industrial activity.
The Assembly Minority had nine members, including Assemblyman Oaks, Minority Leader Brian Kolb from Canandaigua, and Gary Finch from Springport, Cayuga County, who received a 92 percent approval rating. The nine supported 11 pro-growth votes out of 12 bills voted on in the Assembly.