BNP Poorly Timed Prevailing Wage Expansion

Poorly Timed Prevailing Wage Expansion

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.

BNP NYS Budget Passes Amid Pandemic

New State Budget Passes Amid Pandemic

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.

A Compounding Threat: NYS Trusted Traveler Program Removal

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.

We can’t afford to keep Buffalo a secret

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.