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Council Q&A – Seal & Design on the Importance of NAFTA

There are a lot of eyes and ears focused on the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) currently ongoing between the United States, Canada and Mexico. Understanding what is at stake, the Buffalo Niagara Partnership called for strengthening our bi-national economy through a NAFTA renegotiation in our 2018

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Our Position on NAFTA – 2018 Advocacy Defined Series

Government policies should bind the United States and New York State closer to Canada, not create false barriers to trade, job creation and economic opportunity. That is why strengthening our cross-border economy through the successful renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is one of the Partnership’s 2018

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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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Update: Renegotiating NAFTA

The Trump Administration formally notified Congress of its intent to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) on May 18th.  This notification triggered a 90-day period before negotiations with Canada and Mexico can begin and opened a public comment period. As part of the NAFTA re-negotiation process, the United

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The future of NAFTA and why it matters

President Donald Trump recently signed an executive order stating his intention to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) between the United States, Canada and Mexico. Buffalo Niagara’s strategic position along the Canadian border makes it an area sure to be impacted by any changes to NAFTA. So what

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$100 Million Makeover Underway for Peace Bridge

This June, the Peace Bridge, connecting Buffalo, New York to Fort Erie, Ontario, will celebrate its 90th birthday, but in the months prior, the bridge is undergoing a massive rehabilitation project. “A lot of people think it is just a bridge re-decking, but it’s much more than that,” said Ron

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Easing of H-1B visa cap will boost STEM economy

Every April, the federal government begins accepting applications for H-1B visas, which allow highly educated and skilled professionals to work temporarily in the United States. Again this year, just days after filing opened, the annual cap of 85,000 was reached. Last year, more than 172,000 applications were received in less

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Pre-inspection for U.S.-bound trucks begins in Canada

U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced (Feb. 24, 2014) the official launch of Phase II of the truck cargo pre-inspection pilot program the U.S. and Canada are conducting on their shared border. Phase I, which was recently concluded at the Pacific Highway crossing between Surrey, British Columbia, and Blaine, Wash.,

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