Buffalo Niagara Partnership Issues Statement in Response to Governor Cuomo’s Proposed State Budget
Dottie Gallagher, President & CEO of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership, has issued the following statement:
“The Buffalo Niagara Partnership has long called for the state to make the property tax cap permanent and we applaud the Governor for prioritizing this critical legislation. We also support the Governor’s call to reduce middle-class tax rates and fund needed infrastructure projects throughout the state.
However, the Governor’s call to expand the state’s expensive prevailing wage mandate to private projects is extremely troubling. Driving up the cost of private projects in the Buffalo Niagara area by 20% will put our region’s renaissance in serious jeopardy and further erode the economic competitiveness of Upstate New York.
As New York State continues to lose people to other states and cement its reputation as a state that is highly taxed and overly regulated, it is past time for the Governor and Legislature to focus on real reform and relief for New York’s hardworking taxpayers and job-creating employers.”
ABOUT THE BUFFALO NIAGARA PARTNERSHIP
The Buffalo Niagara Partnership is the area’s regional chamber of commerce and privately-funded economic development organization. Partnership members employ more than a quarter of a million people in the Buffalo Niagara region. By mobilizing members and strategic partners around common goals, the Partnership grows private investment and jobs in Buffalo Niagara through advocacy, business development, and convening.