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BNP Advocacy Alert – NYS Budget Update

  Advocacy Alert:  NYS Budget Finalized  Governor Cuomo and members of the State Legislature have agreed on a new state budget for FY 2022.  The $212 billion spending plan includes, among many other provisions, tax increases, a grant program focused on businesses most impacted by COVID-19, and the legalization mobile sports betting.  The budget allocates

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BNP Advocacy Alert – NYS to Legalize Cannabis

  NYS to Legalize Cannabis  After years of fits and starts, New York State leaders have agreed on how to legalize the adult use of cannabis for those 21 and over.  The Legislature is set to officially vote on the legislation in the coming days.  New York is following the lead

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BNP Advocacy Insider – March 2021

  NYS Budget Watch  The New York State Legislature and Governor Cuomo have less than 30 days to strike an on-time budget agreement.  The sexual harassment allegations against Cuomo and the resulting Attorney General’s investigation, along with the debate over the Governor’s expanded authority because of the pandemic, will only complicate budget negotiations.  The BNP has made clear where we stand

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How the Partnership’s Advocacy Efforts Grow the Buffalo Niagara Region

The Buffalo Niagara Partnership recently released our 2019 Advocacy Agenda to a capacity crowd in downtown Buffalo.     Representatives from Partnership member companies and elected officials from Buffalo, Niagara Falls, and Erie and Niagara counties, as well New York State and congressional offices, were on hand as we outlined the federal, state, and local policy

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Buffalo Niagara Partnership Workers Comp Savings

Workers’ Comp Reform To Save Employers $ 1 Billion

Changes to New York State’s workers’ compensation program are expected to save employers upwards of $1 billion moving forward. The New York State Department of Financial Services recently approved a nearly 12 percent reduction in loss cost rates – a key component of determining insurance premiums.  This significant reduction is

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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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The Wait is Over – State Budget Update

The wait is over.  The Governor and the State Legislature finalized the 2017-18 State Budget over a week late, but the final package includes several wins for employers and regional economic development and crosses off a few items on our 2017 Advocacy Agenda. This budget cycle, the Buffalo Niagara Partnership

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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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2017 Advocacy Agenda Expanded – Development and Construction

The Buffalo Niagara region is undergoing an economic revitalization, however the future success of new construction projects and redevelopment is not guaranteed.  Disjointed development policies and overly-burdensome regulations, often unique to Buffalo and New York State, create a challenging environment for projects to move forward.  To build upon our momentum

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2017 Advocacy Agenda Expanded – Transportation & Infrastructure

A safe and efficient transportation is vital to the success of an economy and that includes Buffalo Niagara. Therefore, transportation and infrastructure plays a key role in the Buffalo Niagara Partnership’s 2017 Advocacy Agenda. Listing out five specific priorities under this heading, we are stressing that all levels of government should

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