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Where We Stand: New York State Budget

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

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Metro 50 State Tax Evaluation

Metro 50: State Tax Environment

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 –

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Where We Stand – NYS Executive Budget Proposal

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

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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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New York State Budget: Partnership reactions

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). There is a lot for Buffalo Niagara Partnership members to like about this budget – for items

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NYS Budget Countdown: high property taxes

Just this week, a report published by the Empire Center for Public Policy confirmed what many of us are already painfully aware of – New Yorkers pay some of the highest property taxes in the country. Worse yet, the study determined that Western New Yorkers pay the highest rates across

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NYS Budget Countdown: proposed minimum wage hike

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. The group met with members

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Partnership perspective on Cuomo Executive Budget

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. Over the next two and a half months, the state will negotiate the budget – and we’ll be very

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