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Akshar's Proposals Aim To Help Small Businesses

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State Senator Fred Akshar (R) says New York doesn't do enough to help small businesses. He stopped by the Binghamton Precast & Supply Corporation Friday to announce three new proposals to give small business owners a break.

At the facility Friday, people were hard at work at the making a variety of products for the heavy highway and construction infrastructure. This all is to help keep our roads functioning and safe.

"We are a small industry group across New York State about 15 producer members, most of them all family owned and we provide a pretty significant benefit to the highway and underground infrastructure industry," said Jay Abbey, President of Binghamton Precast & Supply Corp.

For small businesses like this one and many others, Akshar says New York is not small business friendly.

"We are over-regulating and over taxing our businesses to death. We talk to small business owners and we hear the same thing over and over, that New York is not business friendly," Akshar said.

Akshar submitted three pieces of legislation he hopes will provide relief to small business owners including the small business revitalization act.

Akshar wants to give businesses a boost by taking off some tax pressure.

"Any time you take away tax from businesses is positive. We are always getting taxes added on," said Abbey.

Next, he wants to get rid of the 18 A Energy Surcharge.

"That's going to save taxpayers, businesses, farmers, homeowners 200 million dollars a year," said Akshar.

Finally, the senator wants to expand the star program to small businesses.

"Homeowners have the ability to have a Star
Exhumation, we want small businesses and farmers to have the Star Exhumation as well," said Akshar.

Akshar says his efforts won't end here, and vows to do everything in his power to help small businesses thrive.