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2020 Census: Why it Matters

UPDATE: The deadline to complete the 2020 Census has been extended to October 31, 2020. As of 9/28/20, The City of Buffalo’s current Census Self Response rate is only around 54%. As the Buffalo Niagara region is slowly taking steps towards recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important

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State Budget Includes New Mandatory Paid Sick Leave

UPDATE: 10/20/20 NYS Paid Sick Leave Program – The DOL has finally released official guidance and an FAQ doc to provide more clarity on the new mandate. New York State’s new paid sick leave program begins January 1, 2021, but employers were required to start to accruing time for employees

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New York now has the nation’s second worst business tax climate

While the New York State 2019-2020 legislative session took steps to improve our state’s tax climate by passing a permanent 2% property tax cap holding local governments and school districts to reasonable spending, there is still much work to be done to ease the state’s heavy tax burden. The Tax

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It’s Time for Congress to Approve USMCA

The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) is a trade agreement between the United States, Mexico, and Canada that successfully renegotiates the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with significant provisions on digital trade, agriculture, environment, labor, and several other issues. Why it Matters The USMCA is critical to our state and

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Legislation Encouraging More Strikes Deserves Governor’s Veto

Legislation Would Give Unemployment to Striking Workers After Only One Week After passing both the State Senate and Assembly in the 2019-2020 legislative session, a piece of legislation is awaiting Governor Cuomo’s approval to allow striking workers to receive unemployment benefits after only seven days. Simply put, this legislation will

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Join the Partnership in the Fight Against Prevailing Wage

Once again this year, Albany lawmakers are seeking to impose prevailing wage on private construction projects receiving most forms of state or local financial support. And once again this year the Buffalo Niagara Partnership is helping fight back against this job-killing proposal. The expansion of prevailing wage is an issue that has

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