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Biden Releases Infrastructure Plan

President Biden has committed to passing a federal infrastructure package. This week, the White House released details on what the President wants that package to include. An infrastructure investment has the potential to equip America with safer roads, bridges, and pipes, more efficient public transit systems, universal broadband, and many

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BNP Advocacy Insider – April 2021

  NYS Budget Finalized State lawmakers and Governor Cuomo have agreed to a new state budget for FY 2022.  Highlights of the $212 billion spending plan include significant tax increases, the legalization of mobile sports wagering, relief for small businesses harmed by COVID-19, a fund for cash payments to undocumented immigrants who

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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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BNP Poorly Timed Prevailing Wage Expansion

Poorly Timed Prevailing Wage Expansion

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, New York State added a major prevailing wage expansion into the enacted state budget. This decision, long opposed by the Buffalo Niagara Partnership and statewide business leaders, will make it even more difficult to attract private sector investment to a state already burdened

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Business issues are focus of Erie County Executive Candidates Forum

Government Affairs event brings important economic development topics to the forefront of the county executive race. With the 2019 general election just a month away, the Buffalo Niagara Partnership hosted an Erie County Executive Candidates Forum featuring incumbent Mark Poloncarz and challenger Lynne Dixon as part of our final Government

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It’s Time for Congress to Approve USMCA

The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) is a trade agreement between the United States, Mexico, and Canada that successfully renegotiates the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with significant provisions on digital trade, agriculture, environment, labor, and several other issues. Why it Matters The USMCA is critical to our state and

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Legislation Encouraging More Strikes Deserves Governor’s Veto

Legislation Would Give Unemployment to Striking Workers After Only One Week After passing both the State Senate and Assembly in the 2019-2020 legislative session, a piece of legislation is awaiting Governor Cuomo’s approval to allow striking workers to receive unemployment benefits after only seven days. Simply put, this legislation will

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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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