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Our Position on Tax Relief – 2018 Advocacy Defined Series

Buffalo Niagara employers operate in one of the most highly taxed and overly regulated economic environments anywhere in the country.  The Tax Foundation once again ranked New York State has having the second worst business tax climate in the country.  The Buffalo Niagara Partnership outlined our priorities for tax relief

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Our Position on Employer Mandates – 2018 Advocacy Defined Series

New employer mandates emanating from Albany are a burden on Buffalo Niagara employers. However well intentioned, these mandates fail to recognize the negative impact they have on both employers and employees. That is why fighting back against these detrimental mandates is one of the Partnership’s 2018 Advocacy Agenda priorities. The latest example

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Business Community Supports Direct Flights to Albany

OneJet will begin non-stop flights to Albany from the Buffalo Niagara International Airport on February 1, 2018. OneJet CEO, Matt Maguire, said during an introductory press conference Monday “the business community has been very responsive” with the efforts to bring round-trip service from Buffalo to the state capital. “We told

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Opportunity to Modernize and Reform State’s Workers’ Comp System Must Be Seized

Partner Voices Blog: Greg Biryla, Executive Director, Unshackle Upstate Recently, the New York State Comptroller’s office released a report outlining the shifting trends in New York State’s regional labor forces. Sadly, Upstate New York’s economy again shows serious signs of struggle while Downstate continues to experience healthy growth. Of the state’s ten

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Comptroller: State Labor Trends Positive, But Upstate Still Struggling

Partner Voices Blog: Greg Biryla, Executive Director Unshackle Upstate State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli recently released a report on state labor force trends. The good news is that the state’s workforce is at its highest level since before the Great Recession.  The bad news is that most of the state’s employment growth has

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NYS Legislative Sessions Ends with Little Legislating

The 2017 New York State Legislative session ended with little legislating, and that is not a bad thing for Buffalo Niagara employers.  Compared to the busy and extended budget negotiations earlier this year, the end of session seemed sedate (As I write this, Governor Cuomo has called the Legislature back

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Federal Government Already Protecting Broadband Consumer Data

New legislation is circulating in Albany (S.5603/A.7191) that would establish unnecessary consent requirements on Internet Service Providers (ISPs) related to information they receive from their subscribers.  We believe this is an overreaction to recent congressional action, which repealed a federal law that never went into effect. It also misleads the

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NYS Budget Update – Key Issues Included in Budget Extender

Several of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership’s state advocacy priorities are now on hold after the Governor and State Legislature failed to reach a final budget agreement.  To keep state government running, the Legislature did pass a stop-gap measure through the end of May.  This budget extender does includes key issues

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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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