We spend a lot of time talking about mandate relief.  Probably more than we should.  But mandates are just so…costly that we are compelled to cover them.

So what is a mandate?  A mandate is a law or regulation passed by the legislature that often must be implemented by local agencies with no funding from the state.

But what exactly are we talking about when we say it’s important for the State of New York?  For the next few weeks, we will be posting one mandate every week day as an example of how mandates impact our businesses and local governments.  They raise costs, delay projects, and complicate matters for no reason.  They are…well…BURDONESOME!

We hope that you will continue to return to this page for more information (and a full list of mandates) as they are released.  And we really hope that you will share it with your friends, family and colleagues. (you can see the last 2 week’s mandates, here and here)

1) Prevailing Wage.  This mandate on publicly funded projects requires that base wage rates be based on collectively bargained pay rates that are not a true reflection of the market.  This impedes economic development, hurts efforts to rebuild NY and costs jobs.

2) Project Labor Agreements.  This mandate determines the terms and conditions of a construction project before it begins.  Unions can bargain for wages and benefits before anyone is hired, driving up the cost of construction and development across the state and eliminating merit shop contractors from bidding the work.

3)  Paid Family Leave.  This mandate on businesses requires employers (based on the number of employees they have) to provide a certain number of paid sick days.  While we appreciate the need to take care of family, this is a big cost to smaller employers.  It limits their ability to hire new employees and get their product out the door

4) Taylor Law.  This law is a huge drain on tax payers.  Binding arbitration drives up labor costs.  A third party comes in and makes a decision when contract negotiations are at an impasse, but does not have to stay and figure out how, or if, that decision is affordable.

5) “Last In, First Out” Law.  This mandate requires that when schools make layoffs, seniority is the only factor in the decision.  This means layoff decisions cannot be made based on performance, and our schools are not as effective for children in NYS.