The Business Council of New York State Inc. has released its 2012 Voters' Guide, which measures New York State legislators' commitment to promoting fiscal reform and improving the state's economic climate by scoring their votes on key legislation during the 2012 session.
All 212 seats will be up for re-election in 2012, and the Voters' Guide provides an opportunity for voters to review individual legislators' records. The Business Council will be using its combined 2011-12 rankings and other factors in making endorsements in advance of the November legislative elections.
Overall, the scorecard shows generally positive performance by both legislative houses, but clear leadership on pro-growth issues in the state Senate Majority and Assembly Minority.
"The pro-business momentum we saw in the 2010, 2011 and 2012 legislative sessions needs to continue in order for New York to regain its economic strength," said Heather Briccetti, president and CEO of the Business Council. "In November, business leaders and all New Yorkers can use the Voters' Guide to identify and support legislators who are committed to a pro-growth, pro-jobs agenda."
The Business Council 2012 Voters' Guide includes 15 priority bills that were subject to a floor vote in one or both houses of the state legislature. The list includes nine pro-growth proposals and six bills that would have imposed new costs, new mandates and/or new hurdles on the state's business community.
The Senate Majority, led by Majority Leader Dean Skelos, Sen. Thomas Libous, Sen. George Maziarz and others, were all at the 90 percent support level.
The Assembly Minority had nine members at 92 percent (11 pro-growth votes out of 12 bills voted on in that house).
A complete list of the Business Council's priority legislation and the 2012 Voters' Guide are available at http://www.bcnys.org/voter-guide/.