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State Senate bloc pushes for small business laws

ALBANY — While New York devotes much of its effort and billions of dollars in tax breaks to attract global corporations, an influential bloc of state senators is targeting small business.

The Independent Democratic Conference is proposing bills to help small business cut health insurance costs that can be 50 percent higher than in other states, reduce state regulatory paperwork and fees, and make more credit available for growth.

The conference is comprised of Democratic Sens. Jeffrey Klein (KLINE) of the Bronx and Weschester, Diane Savino of Staten Island, David Valesky of Onondaga County and David Carlucci of Rockland and Orange counties.

The conference separated from the Senate’s Democratic minority a year ago and is close to the Republican majority on many fiscal and business measures.