On Wednesday, the New York State Senate, with the support of Senator Joe Robach passed the 2012 NEW JOBS-NY Job Creation Plan. By taking comprehensive steps to get New York back to work, Joe Robach is ensuring that the jobs that are needed in Monroe County, Rochester and across the state can be created in manner that will keep families in the Empire State. The overall 2012 NEW JOBS-NY Job Creation Plan also includes key fiscal reforms to make New York State more economically competitive. These include:

STATE SPENDING CAP: The two percent cap would help to ensure fiscal responsibility, and provide a better environment for economic growth and job creation.

CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT TO HELP PREVENT TAX INCREASES: This constitutional amendment would require a two-thirds “super majority” vote, rather than a simple majority, for any tax increase – making it far more difficult to raise taxes.

ELIMINATING JOB-KILLING REGULATIONS: The plan supported by Senator Joe Robach includes repeal of the annual notification provisions of the “Wage Theft Prevention Act of 2010” – a duplicative and costly mandate imposed on employers statewide. This job-killing measure is a perfect example of unnecessary red tape that does nothing to help employees, while also hurting businesses and our economy.

MAKING STATE AGENCIES MORE RESPONSIVE: For years, many small business owners have expressed concern to their Senator’s like Rochester’s Joe Robach, about unresponsive state agencies – especially when it comes to the permitting process. When someone applies for a professional license or a permit, they should not be left hanging for months on end. The Honesty in Permit Processing Act supported by Senator Joe Robach requires agencies to publicly disclose their response times, and to tell applicants how long they can expect to wait for approval. If approval takes more than 134 percent of the average processing time, applicants would get a refund. This will improve New York’s economic climate, empower taxpayers, and help break through bureaucratic logjams.