While the state’s new paid sick leave program related to COVID-19 illness is the focus for most employers at the moment, the Governor and State Legislature included a sweeping new permanent paid sick leave program as part of the recently enacted state budget for FY2021.
In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, New York State added a major prevailing wage expansion into the enacted state budget. This decision, long opposed by the Buffalo Niagara Partnership and statewide business leaders, will make it even more difficult to attract private sector investment to a state already burdened with high taxes and extensive regulations.
In unprecedented times, as the state continues to roil from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Governor and State Legislature did enact a new state budget for FY2021. Given the events swirling around us, the fact that the budget was passed after the April first deadline seemed inconsequential.
Every day the United States Department of Homeland Security’s removal of New York State from the Trusted Traveler Program (Global Entry, FAST, SENTRI, and NEXUS) continues to cost our region money and erode a hard-fought market confidence that took years to create. Since the removal’s announcement on February 6, 2020, the Buffalo Niagara Partnership has strongly recommended that the federal and state government work together in good faith to find a more equitable solution.
Earlier this month, Governor Cuomo unveiled his 2020-2021 Executive Budget proposal, detailing his priorities and outlining his agenda for another legislative session in Albany.
A clear majority of Buffalo Niagara Partnership members think New York State is becoming less business friendly. That is just one of the highlights of the Partnership’s annual Member Pulse Report which summarizes the findings of the regional chamber of commerce’s membership survey for 2019.
Government Affairs event brings important economic development topics to the forefront of the county executive race.
A locally branded t-shirt that says, “Keep Buffalo A Secret,” has been popping up all over social media. It can be fun to reminisce about the relative time that Buffalo Niagara had been a forgotten place, and the positive cultural elements that incubated during that time. However, this t-shirt represents the sentiment that the secret is finally out, and people are starting to hear just how great our region really is.