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Buffalo Niagara Partnership focusing on unemployment insurance costs, energy plan
BUFFALO, N.Y. (The Buffalo News) — The Buffalo Niagara Partnership has laid out its legislative priorities for the coming year, emphasizing pushing back against higher unemployment insurance costs for employers, and the consequences of an overhaul of the state’s energy strategy.
The Partnership unveiled its agenda Thursday, after Gov. Kathy Hochul delivered her State of the State address earlier this week, putting forward her own agenda.
A key issue of concern to the Partnership: higher costs for unemployment insurance that employers are absorbing, in the wake of the billions of dollars that the state borrowed from the federal government to cover the cost of jobless claims that soared during the pandemic.
“New York is one of the few states that hasn’t actually used the federal stimulus money to pay down what they used during the pandemic, and now employers are paying that cost,” said Dottie Gallagher, the Partnership’s president and CEO.
“Employers are getting bills they didn’t expect for unemployment insurance, and it’s really troublesome,” she said.
The Partnership is also raising concerns about the Climate Action Council’s proposals for overhauling the state’s energy usage in coming years, with a shift toward electrification and away from fuels such as natural gas. The business group is advocating for an “all-of-the-above” approach that includes fuels such as natural gas, as well renewables, to fight climate change.
BUFFALO, N.Y. — For the third consecutive year, difficulty finding and retaining qualified talent ranked as the top concern of BNP members, with three quarters reporting that they have unfilled positions. The impact of inflation and higher interest rates raised market conditions to the second concern after spending several years further down the ranking.
Democrat Mark Poloncarz and Republican Chrissy Casilio couldn’t have been more different in their answers Thursday at a forum hosted by the Buffalo Niagara Partnership.
BUFFALO, NY (The Buffalo News) — The joint bid by Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse to secure potentially tens of millions of dollars in federal funding for a “tech hub” faces stiff competition.
But the partners in the bid say they believe their regional approach will give them a leg up in the competition.
As family and friends come together to celebrate Labor Day and honor the working men and women who are the lifeblood of our economy, it seems appropriate to reflect on the kind of workforce our community needs now and in the future.