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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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Taxing Issues Continue in New York

Tax Foundation report places state at third worst for business tax climate  The Tax Foundation, a leading independent tax policy research organization, recently released its State Business Tax Climate Index, comparing the tax systems of all 50 states. New York State did not fare so well. The Foundation’s annual review

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CEO Confidence Down Across Upstate in 2018

Partner Voices Blog: Siena College Research Institute and Business Council of NYS Across Upstate New York, CEO confidence fell by over 6 points this year, demonstrating less optimism than pessimism among leaders of private, for-profit companies. This is according to the 11th annual Upstate New York Business Leader Survey from

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Our Position on TAP Funding – 2018 Advocacy Defined Series

Higher education remains one of New York State’s most significant economic sectors.  A strong percentage of that activity happens right here in Buffalo Niagara as our region is home to a robust offering of first-class public and independent colleges and universities.  The Buffalo Niagara Partnership outlined our support for fully

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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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Death and Taxes (Income vs. Payroll)

Benjamin Franklin once said that “in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” Let’s avoid a conversation about death and instead concentrate of the (slightly) less gruesome of certain things: taxes. The Trump administration and Congress passed tax reform legislation, the Tax Cuts and Jobs

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BNP Members Not Optimistic on New York State’s Economy

The Buffalo Niagara Partnership is releasing the findings of their yearly member and advocacy survey. We’ve compiled the survey results into a Member Pulse Report. The results show employers are optimistic about Buffalo’s economy, but not positive on New York State’s economy. “It is this constant barrage of, you know,

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Partnership Releases First-Ever Member Pulse Report

Regional employers are optimistic about the local business climate, but unconvinced that New York State is becoming more business friendly.  This dichotomy is just one of the top line results of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership’s annual advocacy survey.  For the past three years, the Partnership has surveyed its membership to

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Grant Opportunities at Empire State Development

Empire State Development Corporation has been a partner and leader in the revitalization of the Buffalo Niagara region.  New York State’s economic development arm has been a central pivot for collaboration through the Regional Economic Development Council and a key organizing agency for our area’s priorities in public investment to

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