taxes

Help Us Make the Tax Cap Permanent

The effort to make New York State’s property tax cap permanent took a significant step forward recently when the new Democrat majority in the State Senate passed the measure as part of its 2019 priorities package. The Buffalo Niagara Partnership has been a longtime champion of the property tax cap and has been a leading advocate for both its creation and extension. The call to make it permanent is a part of our 2019 Advocacy Agenda.

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Healthcare Taxes Central to Governor’s Budget Proposal

Governor Cuomo’s Executive Budget proposal looks to close the state’s $4.4 billion deficit with a series of revenue actions – government speak for new taxes and fees.  The majority of these new taxes fall on the healthcare industry, continuing New York State’s long history of taxing healthcare to pay for healthcare.  This reliance on healthcare taxes is one of the main reasons New Yorkers pay some of the highest healthcare premiums in the country and why Buffalo Niagara employers identify healthcare costs as a growing pain point.

2017 Advocacy Agenda Expanded – Taxes & Labor Costs

In putting together our annual Advocacy Agenda, we survey our membership to gauge their pain points and areas of concern. Each year, our members continue to identify high taxes and escalating labor costs as their largest barriers to success.  Those results are not surprising.  Buffalo Niagara employers operate in one of the most highly taxes and overly regulated economic environments anywhere in the country.