While the state’s new paid sick leave program related to COVID-19 illness is the focus for most employers at the moment, the Governor and State Legislature included a sweeping new permanent paid sick leave program as part of the recently enacted state budget for FY2021.
A clear majority of Buffalo Niagara Partnership members think New York State is becoming less business friendly. That is just one of the highlights of the Partnership’s annual Member Pulse Report which summarizes the findings of the regional chamber of commerce’s membership survey for 2019.
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 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.
Legislation Would Give Unemployment to Striking Workers After Only One Week
For too long, motorists in Western New York have had to settle for dodging potholes and rerouting around collapsing bridges. When the snow melts each spring, the Buffalo Niagara region is left with the harsh reality of what another winter has done to an underfunded and neglected infrastructure system.
State legislators in Albany are actively discussing a piece of legislation that would mandate all energy in New York State be generated by renewable sources by the year 2050. This legislation, known as the Climate and Community Protection Act (CCPA) (S2992/A3876 ) would have devastating implications for manufacturers in Buffalo Niagara.
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.