Workforce Policy Update March 2022

The BNP works closely with government leaders to keep them informed of employer challenges and to advocate for policy that would ease the workforce crisis. The BNP supports legislation that expands access to education and training, makes quality childcare more accessible, removes barriers to workforce participation, and reforms our immigration

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Advocacy Insider - March 2022

BNP Advocacy Insider – March 2022

Hochul Proposal Could Cost Businesses $800 Million  In her Executive Budget proposal, Gov. Kathy Hochul included an Extended Producer Responsibility Program, which would force manufacturers to finance the cost of recycling packaging material. It is estimated that this proposal would add $800 million in direct costs onto producers, and would

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Feb.22 Advocacy Insider

BNP Advocacy Insider – February 2022

NYS Ends Mask Mandate  Governor Kathy Hochul announced an end to the state’s mask mandate, and Erie County Executive Poloncarz followed suit. Masks are still required in certain settings like healthcare facilities. After the BNP pushed for clarity on how this coincides with the NY HERO Act’s mask mandate, the

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BNP Advocacy Insider – January 2022

Hochul Releases Executive Budget Governor Kathy Hochul has released her first Executive Budget proposal, starting several weeks of negotiation between her administration and the State Legislature.  Read our Action Alert here. Session Preview: What We’re Watching The New York State Legislature just returned to Albany to kick off its 2022

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BNP Advocacy Insider – December 2021

BNP Urges Brownfield Program Renewal The state’s Brownfield Cleanup Program, which has been essential in cleaning & redeveloping our community, is set to expire in 2022. The BNP wrote to Governor Hochul urging her to include renewal in her upcoming Executive Budget. Partner organization Upstate United also wrote a similar

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Historic Bill Signed On November 15th, President Joe Biden signed the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act into law. The BNP advocated for this important legislation, which will make critical investments in our roads, bridges, water infrastructure, electric grid, and broadband while allowing our community to pursue landmark projects. Importantly,

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BNP Advocacy Insider – November 2021

House Passes Bipartisan Infrastructure Legislation  The U. S. House of Representatives recently passed a landmark bipartisan infrastructure bill. This legislation will invest in roads, bridges, water infrastructure, broadband, the electric grid, and airports. This monumental package could also help our region finance numerous priority projects.   The bill already passed the Senate and now heads

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11.8.21 Advocacy Alert: House Passes Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill

This weekend, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the bipartisan infrastructure bill, known as the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. The bill’s passing is a significant milestone after months of contentious negotiations.  The bill would invest in roads, bridges, water and wastewater systems, airports, broadband, and the electric grid. It would also enable our region

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10.22.21 Advocacy Alert: Hochul Signs Parolee Employment Legislation

Today, Governor Kathy Hochul signed S.2803/A.5707 into law. This legislation reduces barriers to employment for formerly incarcerated individuals. Curfews are commonly included in probation or conditional discharge sentences. These restrictions can prevent the formerly incarcerated from working second- and third-shift jobs, limiting their job prospects. This is one of many

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