Catherine Muth

2017 Advocacy Agenda Expanded – Transportation & Infrastructure

A safe and efficient transportation is vital to the success of an economy and that includes Buffalo Niagara. Therefore, transportation and infrastructure plays a key role in the Buffalo Niagara Partnership’s 2017 Advocacy Agenda. Listing out five specific priorities under this heading, we are stressing that all levels of government should make infrastructure funding and transportation initiatives a priority in order to continue the safe and efficient movement of goods, services, and people throughout the region.

Why we say no to a biometric system at the U.S. Canadian border

The debate over President Trump’s Executive Order on immigration has put the possibility of implementing biometric tests at Buffalo Niagara’s international border crossings back in the news.  The President’s Executive Order calls for the expedited completion of the Biometric Entry-Exit Tracking System.  While the collection of biometric information – fingerprints, facial images, and iris scans – was first discussed post-September 11th as a way to collect more information on foreign travelers, it wasn’t until 2004 that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) began collecting this information at select ports of entry.  As recently as September 2016, DHS stated its goal to introduce fingerprint scanning at 20 of the busiest airports by 2018.

A 5 Pillar Focus in 2017 for the Great Lakes Metro Chamber

With the Presidential election behind us and President-elect Trump organizing his cabinet, the Great Lakes Metro Chambers Coalition came together to strategically reexamine and further develop its priorities. As a founding member of the Coalition, the Partnership joins nearly 40 chambers of commerce from Great Lakes states, to support economic development in the Great Lakes region. Each year, we advocate for policy initiatives that will ensure the competitiveness of the 12 states and 2 provinces that make up the group.

Advocacy Update: House votes to delay overtime rule

In a vote of 246-177 along party lines, the House passed a bill aimed at delaying the Obama Administration’s far reaching overtime regulations.  The Regulatory Relief for Small Businesses, Schools and Nonprofits Act would delay for six months the mandatory overtime rule that makes 4.2 million more Americans eligible for overtime pay.