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Buffalo Niagara Partnership Unveils 2018 Advocacy Agenda

The Buffalo Niagara Partnership recently unveiled its 2018 Advocacy Agenda to a capacity crowd of members and elected officials in downtown Buffalo. As the regional chamber of commerce and leading employer organization in Western New York, our Advocacy Agenda details nearly two dozen policy priorities on the federal, state and local

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Partnership Releases First-Ever Member Pulse Report

Regional employers are optimistic about the local business climate, but unconvinced that New York State is becoming more business friendly.  This dichotomy is just one of the top line results of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership’s annual advocacy survey.  For the past three years, the Partnership has surveyed its membership to

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Learning What Matters Most to Your YP Employees

The Buffalo Niagara Partnership and BN360, the Partnership’s Young Professionals program, conducted a survey over the summer of the region’s young professionals aimed at better understanding how they view the region and future career opportunities. The survey focused on what the business community and public sector can do to strengthen

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A Federal Fix to NY’s Broken Scaffold Law

New York State leaders have lacked the political will to fix our state’s broken Scaffold Law for decades.  Now a United States Congressman is giving it a try.  Rep. John Faso of the Hudson Valley has introduced federal legislation creating a workaround to New York’s burdensome, job killing mandate.  The Infrastructure

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New Border Security Legislation Gives Reprieve to WNY Economy

A newly introduced piece of federal border security legislation recognizes how our regional economy depends on the easy flow of people and goods between the United States and Canada. The Border Security for America Act mandates bio-metric screening at all entry points, but exempts American and Canadian citizens.  Congressman Chris

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NYS Legislative Sessions Ends with Little Legislating

The 2017 New York State Legislative session ended with little legislating, and that is not a bad thing for Buffalo Niagara employers.  Compared to the busy and extended budget negotiations earlier this year, the end of session seemed sedate (As I write this, Governor Cuomo has called the Legislature back

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Prevailing Wage: Higher Taxes & Fewer Projects

A new report by the Empire Center confirms what many have believed for years – New York State’s prevailing wage law drives up construction costs as much as 25 percent, squandering precious tax dollars in the process. In Prevailing Waste: New York’s Costly Public Works Pay Mandate, authors E.J. McMahon

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New York’s Manufacturers Will Foot the Bill for Nuclear Subsidy

Governor Cuomo’s plan to have 50 percent of New York State’s electricity come from renewable sources by 2030 took center stage this week at an Assembly hearing.  At issue is the cost associated with executing this plan, specifically a bailout for Upstate nuclear plants that will hit manufacturers and other

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NYS Budget Update – Key Issues Included in Budget Extender

Several of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership’s state advocacy priorities are now on hold after the Governor and State Legislature failed to reach a final budget agreement.  To keep state government running, the Legislature did pass a stop-gap measure through the end of May.  This budget extender does includes key issues

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Partnership Members Standup for Workers’ Comp Reform

New York State has the third highest Workers’ Compensation premium costs in the country.  To ease this growing burden on employers, the Buffalo Niagara Partnership is committed to achieving real reform. The Partnership is joining forces with nearly 60 organizations all across New York in advocating for Workers’ Compensation reform to

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