Buffalo Niagara

Our Position on Energy Infrastructure in NYS – 2018 Advocacy Defined Series

The safe and efficient movement of goods, services and people is at the core of our economy. Government at all levels must be willing to prioritize critical long-term investments, as well as support private projects producing real economic benefit. Included in this is upgrading New York’s aging power grid and developing the state’s natural gas transmission system. Both priorities are a part of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership’s 2018 Advocacy Agenda.

Our Position on Pell & Perkins – 2018 Advocacy Defined Series

Buffalo Niagara’s economic growth is being challenged by our inability to place qualified employees in existing job openings and develop a strong pipeline of trained workers for the job opportunities we know are on the horizon. In fact, in the Buffalo Niagara Partnership’s Member Pulse Report, our members identified difficulty in finding and retaining qualified talent as a top concern.

Our Position on Professional Licensing for Immigrants – 2018 Advocacy Defined Series

The recent population growth in the Buffalo Niagara region has largely been the result of immigrants and refugees. Tapping into the skills this population brings with them will help address our region’s growing workforce development struggles. That is why the Buffalo Niagara Partnership prioritized creating a state professional licensing program for immigrants and refugees as part of our 2018 Advocacy Agenda.

Employ Buffalo Niagara Takes Agencies on the Road

Almost everyone who interacts with a manufacturing company benefits from seeing a factory firsthand. Plant visits build a better understanding of the manufacturing industry, the company’s culture, and dispel common misconceptions about today’s manufacturing. Through its recent work, Employ Buffalo Niagara recognized the need for an awareness campaign and invited career navigators to Tapecon, an OEM Contract Manufacturer for medical, industrial and electronic applications.

Our Position on Healthcare Costs – 2018 Advocacy Defined Series

Buffalo Niagara employers are committed to providing their employees with affordable healthcare, but the cost of doing so continues to climb. The Buffalo Niagara Partnership supports comprehensive access to coverage without imposing new regulations and fines on employers. Last year, 75% of Buffalo Niagara Partnership members who participated in our annual survey indicated that they experienced healthcare cost increases. That is why advocating for lower healthcare costs is one of the Partnership’s 2018 Advocacy Agenda priorities.

Healthcare Taxes Central to Governor’s Budget Proposal

Governor Cuomo’s Executive Budget proposal looks to close the state’s $4.4 billion deficit with a series of revenue actions – government speak for new taxes and fees.  The majority of these new taxes fall on the healthcare industry, continuing New York State’s long history of taxing healthcare to pay for healthcare.  This reliance on healthcare taxes is one of the main reasons New Yorkers pay some of the highest healthcare premiums in the country and why Buffalo Niagara employers identify healthcare costs as a growing pain point.