In unprecedented times, as the state continues to roil from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Governor and State Legislature did enact a new state budget for FY2021. Given the events swirling around us, the fact that the budget was passed after the April first deadline seemed inconsequential.
Buffalo Niagara’s bridges are in rough shape according to a new report by a national transportation research group. TRIP says eight percent of locally and state-maintained bridges in Erie and Niagara counties are rated as structurally deficient. These bridges carry more than 500,000 vehicles a day according to TRIP. Across New York State, ten percent of bridges are deemed structurally deficient.
The New York State Legislature ended its 2019 session with a flurry of activity. Unfortunately, much of it was bad for Upstate, employers, and taxpayers. The Buffalo Niagara Partnership was engaged on several major issues, including our ongoing effort to block an expansion of prevailing wage to private projects and a new climate law which will drive up the cost of doing business in New York.
Governor Cuomo and the State Legislature passed a new state budget for fiscal year 2019-2020. The $175.5 billion spending plan is a mixed bag for Buffalo Niagara employers. While it permanently caps property taxes, it also creates taxes and fees to cover new spending and close a deficit.
Here we go again.
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.
The effort to make New York State’s property tax cap permanent took a significant step forward recently when the new Democrat majority in the State Senate passed the measure as part of its 2019 priorities package. The Buffalo Niagara Partnership has been a longtime champion of the property tax cap and has been a leading advocate for both its creation and extension. The call to make it permanent is a part of our 2019 Advocacy Agenda.
The Buffalo Niagara Partnership recently released our 2019 Advocacy Agenda to a capacity crowd in downtown Buffalo.
Drivers in Buffalo Niagara region lose more than $1,700 a year because of poor infrastructure according to latest TRIP Report
Driving your car in Buffalo Niagara is costing you money. A lot of money.
Partnership’s annual Member Pulse Report sheds light on concerns of Buffalo Niagara region employers
What are the top concerns of employers in the Buffalo Niagara region?