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Comptroller: State Labor Trends Positive, But Upstate Still Struggling

Partner Voices Blog: Greg Biryla, Executive Director Unshackle Upstate State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli recently released a report on state labor force trends. The good news is that the state’s workforce is at its highest level since before the Great Recession.  The bad news is that most of the state’s employment growth has

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Aligned for Success in Buffalo Niagara

2015-2016 Annual Report to Members Event On June 22, we presented our Annual Report to more than 300 member company representatives and community members. A main theme of our presentation was the realignment of our staff, our council work, and our policy development to ensure we efficiently and effectively advance

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Advocacy Update: NYS Budget

The Governor and State Legislature have reached an agreement on the State Budget and, in doing so, have turned their backs on New York employers and doubled down on the state’s well-earned reputation as the most unfriendly place in the country to own and operate a business.  The employer mandates

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NYS Legislative Session comes to an end

The 2015 New York State Legislative session is one for the history books – but not for what was accomplished legislatively. This tumultuous session, which saw the leaders of both the Senate and Assembly resign their leadership posts in scandal, ended more than a week later than scheduled and with

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Utility Consumer Advocate Is a Deceiving Proposal

Some state lawmakers are pushing legislation to create the State Office of the Utility Consumer Advocate. On the surface, who could object to having an advocate in place to represent the interests of residential utility customers across New York State? But when you get past the deceiving name attached to

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NYS Budget Countdown: fate of Design-Build & IDA ‘reform’

As the Governor and State Legislature work to finalize a State Budget before the April 1 deadline, the future of both Design-Build and IDA ‘reform’ in New York is becoming clearer. The Buffalo Niagara Partnership and our partner organization, Unshackle Upstate, have long advocated for a permanent Design-Build program in

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Applause for Erie County Legislature

We want to applaud the Erie County Legislature’s resolution (passed on March 13, 2014) that calls for reform of New York’s notorious Labor Law 240/241, better known as Scaffold Law. As evidenced by our “Time to scrap Scaffold Law” blog post, we feel strongly about the need for reformation of

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