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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BNP NYS Budget Passes Amid Pandemic

New State Budget Passes Amid Pandemic

In unprecedented times, as the state continues to roil from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Governor and State Legislature did enact a new state budget for FY2021.  Given the events swirling around us, the fact that the budget was passed after the April first deadline seemed inconsequential. However, there are

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The Latest Effort to Expand New York’s Costly Prevailing Wage Mandate

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Earlier this month, Governor Cuomo unveiled his 2020-2021 Executive Budget proposal, detailing his priorities and outlining his agenda for another legislative session in Albany. Resurrected in the Governor’s budget was a policy Unshackle Upstate, the Buffalo Niagara Partnership and several of our advocacy partners around the state successfully defeated last

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Join the Partnership in the Fight Against Prevailing Wage

Once again this year, Albany lawmakers are seeking to impose prevailing wage on private construction projects receiving most forms of state or local financial support. And once again this year the Buffalo Niagara Partnership is helping fight back against this job-killing proposal. The expansion of prevailing wage is an issue that has

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NYS Legislative Sessions Ends with Little Legislating

The 2017 New York State Legislative session ended with little legislating, and that is not a bad thing for Buffalo Niagara employers.  Compared to the busy and extended budget negotiations earlier this year, the end of session seemed sedate (As I write this, Governor Cuomo has called the Legislature back

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Taxpayers are Losing with NY’s Prevailing Wage Mandate

As part of our Government Affairs programming, we kicked-off our first of two Capital Conversation events for 2017 with a look at New York’s prevailing wage mandate and its impact on taxpayers and economic development.  E.J. McMahon, founder and research director of the Empire Center came to Buffalo to detail

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Prevailing Wage: Higher Taxes & Fewer Projects

A new report by the Empire Center confirms what many have believed for years – New York State’s prevailing wage law drives up construction costs as much as 25 percent, squandering precious tax dollars in the process. In Prevailing Waste: New York’s Costly Public Works Pay Mandate, authors E.J. McMahon

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