Where We Stand: New York State Budget

The New York State Budget is so much more than dollars and cents. While it does direct spending over the next fiscal year, the state budget is also typically teeming with policy—legislation that impacts New York’s employers and taxpayers every single day. That is why the Buffalo Niagara Partnership is so actively engaged in state budget advocacy, making sure state leaders and Western New York’s senators and assembly members know what we support and what we oppose.

What We Support

Delivering Tax Relief
  • Make the Property Tax Cap permanent
  • Deliver already promised middle-class tax cuts
  • Small business tax cuts
Investing in Buffalo Niagara’s Economy
  • East Side revitalization – Buffalo Billion 2
  • Regional Economic Development Councils -Round 9
  • Downtown Revitalization Initiative
  • Employer-led workforce development programs
  • Address shortage of shovel ready sites with adequate infrastructure
Investing in Buffalo Niagara’s Infrastructure
  • Upstate’s ‘fair share’ of infrastructure funding
  • Expand cashless tolling
  • Significant increase in NFTA’s operational funding
  • Maintain state transit capital per 5-year agreement
  • $6M in capital to support Metro-Rail extension
Investing in Buffalo Niagara’s Higher Education Engine
  • Increase operational and capital support for WNY’s SUNY institutions
  • Increase operational and capital support for UB’s Jacobs School of Medicine to fully realize the vision of NYSUNY2020
  • Increase Tuition Assistance Program awards and expand income eligibility
  • Restore the Higher Education Capital Matching Grants program

What We Oppose

Driving Up the Cost of Doing Business in NYS
  • $1B in new taxes and fees
  • Expanding prevailing wage to private projects
  • New DOT right of way fee
  • New health insurance coverage mandates resulting in higher costs
  • Energy policy that will raise rates and create supply uncertainly for manufacturers and other vital industries
  • Ending Energy Service Company sales tax exemption
  • Rolling back federal policies promoting an internet ecosystem free from layers of burdensome and costly regulation
  • Banning plastic bags
  • Public financing of campaigns

The Partnership delivered our message loud and clear at our annual Legislative Luncheon in front of more than 200 member representatives and state lawmakers at the Hotel Henry in Buffalo. Pictures from the event can be found here.

With a 2019-20 State Budget due by April 1, the Partnership and our allies will spend the next several weeks fighting for the interests of taxpayers, employers, Buffalo Niagara, and Upstate New York.


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