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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.
The Buffalo Niagara Partnership announces second cohort of Minority-Owned Business Initiative Program Expanded to Respond to Applicant Needs
The Buffalo Niagara Partnership’s (BNP’s) Minority Business Initiative (MBI) strives to eliminate the obstacles that have long hindered minority business ownership by providing minority-owned businesses access to BNP’s extensive resources and networks to build their business. The 2023 cohort was announced at today’s DEI Symposium and includes two tracks to better serve participant needs. The MBI Program is funded through generous underwriting of Bank of America, National Grid, and the Buffalo Niagara Partnership.
Another Voice: Proposed recycling reform would harm manufacturers
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Note to Albany: Pushing workers over ‘benefits cliff’ makes no sense
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Rethinking hiring practices to appeal to young candidates
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