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11.15.21 Advocacy Alert: BIDEN SIGNS INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT BILL

Historic Bill Signed This afternoon, 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, the

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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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10.13.21 Advocacy Alert: Canadian Border to Open in November

Late last night, U.S. officials announced plans to reopen the U.S. border to vaccinated, non-essential travelers from Canada and Mexico beginning in early November. The administration told reporters last night that it does not plan to require vaccinated travelers to present a negative COVID-19 test, a notable difference from Canada’s

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10.6.21 Advocacy Alert: Comptroller’s Report Warns of UI Rate Increases

Unless the state swiftly acts, New York employers may soon face significant unemployment insurance rate increases. New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli recently released a report detailing the dire financial status of the state’s UI system, confirming concerns that the BNP raised this summer. Use the BNP’s one-click tool to

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BNP Advocacy Insider – October 2021

Biden Mandates “Vax or Test” Requirement for Larger Employers  On September 9th, President Joe Biden announced a new mandate: all employers with 100 or more employees must ensure their workforce is fully vaccinated or require weekly testing of unvaccinated workers. Biden announced he would also require contractors doing business with the federal government to be fully vaccinated.   The

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