Work Week with Congressman Faso
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Leveraging State and Local Initiatives

I had the privilege of participating in the Otsego County Chamber of Commerce ‘State of the State’ breakfast. It’s valuable to hear from local and state elected officials, as well as local business leaders, about the initiatives they are planning for 2018. I responded to questions about federal tax reform and its impact on New York State, and pending ideas in Washington on rebuilding transportation, water and sewer systems, as well as the need for universal broadband.

Eliminate Scaffold Law to Level the Playing Field and Rebuild New York

New York is the only state in the country to still have a law like the “Scaffold Law.” This antiquated law, dating from 1885, increases costs for all building projects in our state by approximately 7%. My legislation, H.R. 3808, would require projects using federal funding to utilize the same “comparable negligence” liability standard as every other state. The legislation would preempt New York law on any projects utilizing federal funds, clearly within the power of Congress to legislate. This bill has received broad support from business groups, contractor organizations, local governments and non-profit organizations such as Habitat for Humanity.

By passing this legislation, every dollar of federal investment designated for New York infrastructure projects will go further. This means more bang for your buck in repairing roads, bridges, airports, expanding broadband access, and building affordable housing.

It’s a common-sense change for New York and one step towards making our state a better place to invest and do business.

The Associated General Contractors of New York State detail how the “Scaffold Law” hurts construction of infrastructure and housing in the state of New York in a support letter to members of Congress.

Coming to a DACA Deal and Funding the Government in a Responsible Manner

I appeared on Fox News to discuss Congress addressing DACA through an immigration deal and coming to a responsible government funding agreement. Click on the photo below to watch the clip.

January is Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

Human trafficking is a dire and heartbreaking international problem. An estimated twenty-five million people are currently victims of human trafficking – forced to work in labor camps or engage in prostitution against their wills.

Both Republicans and Democrats have recognized how critical the situation is internationally and even here at home in the United States. I joined my colleagues in supporting a bipartisan measure -- H.R. 1865 -- to reduce the propensity of trafficking being facilitated online. We cannot allow traffickers to continue their repulsive activities.

My Reaction to Gov. Cuomo’s State of the State Address

Gov. Cuomo’s message ignores the reality that our residents are fleeing New York State in record numbers, seeking lower taxes and better job opportunities. All of this was happening before federal tax reform. New York ranks 49th or 50th in being unfriendly to business development and Mr. Cuomo said nothing to fix this problem. Instead, he holds out the false notion of suing the federal government over loss of the SALT deduction, which is a complete non-starter with little legal merit. 

Changing to a payroll tax system would be extremely complicated and will likely be met with resistance from taxpayers and businesses alike. The solution is to lower the cost of government in New York and make our state a place where businesses can create jobs so our people don’t have to flee.

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