Minimum Wage

Aligned for Success in Buffalo Niagara

2015-2016 Annual Report to Members Event

On June 22, we presented our Annual Report to more than 300 member company representatives and community members. A main theme of our presentation was the realignment of our staff, our council work, and our policy development to ensure we efficiently and effectively advance the region. Through this realignment, we focused our advocacy efforts, grew our role within workforce development, and celebrated a public private partnership to advance downtown Buffalo.

Impacts of $15 Minimum Wage

The Partnership has been quite vocal about opposing a $15 minimum wage in New York State, and for good reason. Drastically increasing the minimum wage would make it much more difficult for employers to retain their workforce, which is already a challenge for many key industries in Western New York. In response to the proposed increase, the BNP has joined on as a coalition member of the Minimum Wage Reality Check group.

Proposed Budget a Mixed Bag for Employers

Once again this year, Governor Cuomo broke with tradition and combined the annual State of the State with the Executive Budget Address and delivered one speech to the New York State Legislature.  And once again this year, the Governor’s proposals are a mixed bag for Buffalo Niagara employers.

Higher Wages, Fewer Jobs

Higher wages and fewer jobs- that’s the undeniable takeaway from a recent study looking at the economic impact of a $15 an hour minimum wage in New York State. The study was commission by the Empire Center and conducted by two nationally recognized economists who concluded that at least 200,000 jobs would be lost throughout New York State if the minimum wage was raised to $15 an hour. More than 15,000 of those jobs would come from the Buffalo Niagara job market.

$15 minimum wage will ripple beyond fast food industry

The decision to drastically hike the hourly wage for fast food workers in New York to $15 an hour will ripple well beyond the fast food industry and will do nothing but further disadvantage businesses and job opportunities in this state.

The higher wages will be phased in over the next several years, with workers earning $15 an hour by end of 2018 in New York City, and by July 2021 in the rest of the state.

NYS Legislative Session comes to an end

The 2015 New York State Legislative session is one for the history books – but not for what was accomplished legislatively.

This tumultuous session, which saw the leaders of both the Senate and Assembly resign their leadership posts in scandal, ended more than a week later than scheduled and with very little legislative activity.

Opposing another hike in minimum wage

We strongly oppose yet another hike in New York State’s minimum wage. 

New York already pays one of the highest minimum wage rates in the country, with a scheduled increase to $9.00/hour set for the end of this year. Attempts to raise the minimum wage again – to levels that would put New York’s rate well above the vast majority for the country – will do nothing but further disadvantage our state which is already well known as a high-tax, overly regulated, and unfriendly place for business,” said our President & CEO, Dottie Gallagher-Cohen.