Hawley To Gov: End New Fees On Job Creators

Assemblyman warns of perilous burden on small businesses from unemployment surcharge

Steve Hawley (R,I,C - Batavia) recently wrote to Governor Andrew Cuomo urging him to rescind the unemployment insurance (UI) surcharge imposed on small- business owners and refund those that have already paid the charge. The fee has been unilaterally imposed by New York State officials to cover a $95 million interest payment on federal loans that went to pay UI benefits to unemployed workers. In the past, the United States Congress has passed legislation eliminating interest on these loans, but has failed to do so this year. Hawley suggested using a portion of the $800 million in surplus tax receipts to remove this burden on New York's business owners and job creators.

"As a businessman, I know firsthand how New York businesses are overregulated and overtaxed," said Hawley. "The impact of this unfriendly business climate has contributed to numerous job losses throughout our state. With the enactment of a property tax cap this year and the launch of regional economic development councils, our state is in position to craft a true economic development plan that creates an environment allowing businesses to create jobs and help to get unemployed New Yorkers back to work."

**Click here for a copy of Assemblyman Hawley's letter to Governor Cuomo**