I had hopes and expectations based on sources that the Governor would have taken the opportunity to lay out the need for a coherent public policy that would promote the economic, social, cultural and environmental value of nonprofits in our communities and the importance of a positive State-Nonprofit Sector partnership. This has been a tough regulatory, procurement and prompt payment year for nonprofits and some positive words from the Governor would have gone a long way.
To me, the silence on nonprofit issues during the address was deafening, especially when an overall policy framework was being set forth that can have relevance and a positive impact on our sector. (We did find out that nonprofit initiatives were mentioned briefly in the full "State of the State" booklet on page 172 here.)
It is clear that the value and importance of our industry and work needs to be reflected in the State’s economic policy and that the many myths and misperceptions that exist need to be corrected. The Governor’s State of the State Address has laid out the ground work that now provides us with the context, economic principles and opportunity to educate policymakers about our business realities and our true impact on the state’s economy. Over the coming year and beyond, NYCON, with help from our members, is looking forward to improving the nonprofit partnership with the State of New York.
Doug Sauer, CEO
New York Council of Nonprofits
January 10th, 2014
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