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1.18.22 Advocacy Alert: Hochul Releases Executive Budget

On January 18, Governor Kathy Hochul released her first Executive Budget proposal, available here. She announced the proposal in a brief speech that largely mirrored her State of the State address.    Hochul noted the state’s strong financial position, made possible by a windfall of federal aid and, as of last

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2022 Albany Preview: 11 Issues We’re Watching

On January 5, state legislators convened in Albany (or, on Zoom) to kick off the 2022 legislative session. All eyes are on Kathy Hochul as she navigates her first session as Governor and jockeys for position in the June gubernatorial primary race. Here are eleven issues we are watching as

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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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