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12.21.21 Advocacy Alert: What’s the Latest on Biden’s Vax/Test Mandate?

By jveronica@thepartnership.org | Dec 21, 2021 | Comments Off on 12.21.21 Advocacy Alert: What’s the Latest on Biden’s Vax/Test Mandate?

Yesterday, Governor Kathy Hochul announced she would repeal the state’s mask mandate, effective today. However, her announcement did not proactively address how the repeal coincided with the NY HERO Act, which would have required employees in most workplaces to continue masking.

12.17.21 Advocacy Alert: Canada to Again Require Testing for Entry

By jveronica@thepartnership.org | Dec 17, 2021 | Comments Off on 12.17.21 Advocacy Alert: Canada to Again Require Testing for Entry

Today, Canadian officials announced they would be reinstating a requirement that all entrants present proof of a negative COVID-19 test.

The requirement will take effect Tuesday, according to the Buffalo News.

NY’s Tax Climate Again Ranks at National Bottom

By jveronica@thepartnership.org | Dec 16, 2021 | Comments Off on NY’s Tax Climate Again Ranks at National Bottom

Today, the Tax Foundation (an independent tax policy think tank) released its 2022 State Business Tax Climate Index. The report compares all fifty states on various tax policies, then ranks their overall business tax climate. New York ranked below every state except New Jersey.

NY’s rank in the State Business Tax Climate Index

The poor ranking comes as no surprise. New York has oscillated between 48-50 for over ten years.  After enacting new tax increases this year, New York dropped from 48th to 49th.

12.13.21 COVID-19 Bulletin: Statewide Mask Mandate Now in Effect

By jveronica@thepartnership.org | Dec 13, 2021 | Comments Off on 12.13.21 COVID-19 Bulletin: Statewide Mask Mandate Now in Effect

Yesterday, Governor Kathy Hochul announced she would repeal the state’s mask mandate, effective today. However, her announcement did not proactively address how the repeal coincided with the NY HERO Act, which would have required employees in most workplaces to continue masking.

12.2.21 Advocacy Alert: BNP Urges Hochul to Maximize Infrastructure Investment

By khilsdorf@thepartnership.org | Dec 12, 2021 | Comments Off on 12.2.21 Advocacy Alert: BNP Urges Hochul to Maximize Infrastructure Investment

The BNP recently wrote to Governor Kathy Hochul suggesting steps she can take to maximize the incoming infrastructure investment from Washington.

President Biden recently signed into law the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. The BNP advocated for this bill, which has the potential for transformative change in Buffalo Niagara. However, in our current landscape, this historic investment may not go as far in New York as it will in other states.

12.10.21 COVID-19 Bulletin: Hochul Imposes Statewide Mask Mandate

By jveronica@thepartnership.org | Dec 10, 2021 | Comments Off on 12.10.21 COVID-19 Bulletin: Hochul Imposes Statewide Mask Mandate

Yesterday, Governor Kathy Hochul announced she would repeal the state’s mask mandate, effective today. However, her announcement did not proactively address how the repeal coincided with the NY HERO Act, which would have required employees in most workplaces to continue masking.

BNP Advocacy Insider – December 2021

By khilsdorf@thepartnership.org | Dec 6, 2021 | Comments Off on BNP Advocacy Insider – December 2021

The December 2021 Advocacy Insider is a roundup of important issues we are monitoring that could you and your business.

12.3.21 Advocacy Alert: NYS Agencies Will Add Small Biz Liaisons

By jveronica@thepartnership.org | Dec 3, 2021 | Comments Off on 12.3.21 Advocacy Alert: NYS Agencies Will Add Small Biz Liaisons

Governor Kathy Hochul recently signed legislation that will create “small business liaisons” at five key state agencies.

The position will be created within the Departments of:

Staff Spotlight: Meet Maura Cotter

By cciccarelli@thepartnership.org | Nov 29, 2021 | Comments Off on Staff Spotlight: Meet Maura Cotter

Maura Cotter is our Marketing Coordinator and our latest staff spotlight!

Maura works to communicate the value of the BNP to our members and region through marketing initiatives, increasing awareness of Partnership programs, opportunities, events, and resources.

11.24.21 COVID-19 Bulletin: Biden to Mandate Vaccine for Nonresident Essential Border Crossers

By jveronica@thepartnership.org | Nov 24, 2021 | Comments Off on 11.24.21 COVID-19 Bulletin: Biden to Mandate Vaccine for Nonresident Essential Border Crossers

Yesterday, Governor Kathy Hochul announced she would repeal the state’s mask mandate, effective today. However, her announcement did not proactively address how the repeal coincided with the NY HERO Act, which would have required employees in most workplaces to continue masking.