The New York State Budget is so much more than dollars and cents. While it does direct spending over the next fiscal year, the state budget is also typically teeming with policy—legislation that impacts New York’s employers and taxpayers every single day. That is why the Buffalo Niagara Partnership is so actively engaged in state budget advocacy, making sure state leaders and Western New York’s senators and assembly members know what we support and what we oppose.
The Buffalo Niagara Partnership’s publication series Metro 50 Buffalo Niagara is a factsheet-style resource that evaluates Buffalo Niagara’s performance in topical areas related to economic development. Metro 50 takes a look at the progress of other peer metros – regions similar to ours in population, resources and economic challenges – and compares their progress to our own. This gives context to the performance of Buffalo Niagara and offers us the opportunity to learn from their best practices.
The Buffalo Niagara Partnership detailed our state budget priorities in front of 200 people at our annual Legislative Luncheon. Our members and many members of the Western New York legislative delegation came together for lunch and conversation at the Marriott in Amherst. The Partnership detailed where we stand on Governor Cuomo’s Executive Budget proposal – specifically what we support, what we oppose and what we think is missing.
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 in our recently released 2018 Advocacy Agenda.
The Partnership had several wins as part of the state budget process.
The New York State Budget is mostly on time this year (officially missing the midnight deadline by just a few hours).
With just weeks to go before the state’s budget deadline, the Partnership is working hard at home and in Albany to make sure our key state priorities are addressed.
Last week, I lead a group of Partnership members to Albany for our annual Lobby Day.
Governor Cuomo’s Executive Budget is the official start of the Albany season. Here’s our take on the details. This blog will be a great resource for members now and in the the future.