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1.18.22 Advocacy Alert: Hochul Releases Executive Budget

Today, Governor Kathy Hochul released her first Executive Budget proposal, available here. She announced the proposal in a brief speech that largely mirrored her State of the State address.    Hochul noted the state’s strong financial position, made possible by a windfall of federal aid and, as of last week, a

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BNP Advocacy Insider – January 2022

Session Preview: What We’re Watching The New York State Legislature just returned to Albany to kick off its 2022 legislative session. There is no shortage of issues to address, and Governor Hochul’s preparation for the gubernatorial primary is sure to color the session. The BNP compiled a list of eleven

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2022 Albany Preview: 11 Issues We’re Watching

Today, Wednesday, January 5, state legislators are convening in Albany (or, on Zoom) to kick off the 2022 legislative session. All eyes are on Kathy Hochul as she navigates her first session as Governor and jockeys for position in the June gubernatorial primary race. Here are eleven issues we are

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12.17.21 Advocacy Alert: Canada to Again Require Testing for Entry

Today, Canadian officials announced they would be reinstating a requirement that all entrants present proof of a negative COVID-19 test.   The requirement will take effect Tuesday, according to the Buffalo News.   After an outcry over the strict requirement, which made travel to Canada cost-prohibitive for some, Canada relaxed the testing

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NY’s Tax Climate Again Ranks at National Bottom

Today, the Tax Foundation (an independent tax policy think tank) released its 2022 State Business Tax Climate Index. The report compares all fifty states on various tax policies, then ranks their overall business tax climate. New York ranked below every state except New Jersey. The poor ranking comes as no

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BNP Advocacy Insider – December 2021

BNP Urges Brownfield Program Renewal The state’s Brownfield Cleanup Program, which has been essential in cleaning & redeveloping our community, is set to expire in 2022. The BNP wrote to Governor Hochul urging her to include renewal in her upcoming Executive Budget. Partner organization Upstate United also wrote a similar

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12.3.21 Advocacy Alert: NYS Agencies Will Add Small Biz Liaisons

Governor Kathy Hochul recently signed legislation that will create “small business liaisons” at five key state agencies.   The position will be created within the Departments of:  Agriculture and Markets  Environmental Conservation  Labor  Transportation  Taxation and Finance  The liaisons, who must be existing agency employees, are tasked with:  Serving as a direct point of contact for small businesses  Providing

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11.18.21 COVID-19 Bulletin: OSHA’s Vax/Test Mandate Paused Amid Legal Limbo

Citing ongoing litigation, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced it is pausing implementation and enforcement of its COVID-19 Vaccine and Testing Emergency Temporary Standard.  Per OSHA’s website: “On November 12, 2021, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit granted a motion to stay OSHA’s COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing Emergency Temporary Standard,

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