Drivers in Buffalo Niagara region lose more than $1,700 a year because of poor infrastructure according to latest TRIP Report
Driving your car in Buffalo Niagara is costing you money. A lot of money.
“The Buffalo Niagara Partnership – Western New York’s regional chamber of commerce – announces today its endorsement of Andrew Cuomo for a third term as Governor of New York State. In his eight years in office, Governor Cuomo has made boosting Buffalo Niagara a top priority and the region is profoundly better for it. Through his Buffalo Billion and other signature initiatives, the Governor has placed consistent and dedicated effort in reenergizing the Buffalo Niagara economy through strategic state investment. For too many years, Buffalo Niagara was counted out, forgotten by Albany as a region past its prime. Under the leadership of Governor Cuomo, Buffalo Niagara has turned the page and entered an exciting new chapter of investment, resurgence and economic opportunity. The Partnership appreciates our ongoing discussion with Governor Cuomo on ways his administration can continue to work with employers across our region to make New York State more competitive and we look forward to working with him in 2019 and beyond to achieve our common goals.”
The call to implement a single-payer healthcare system in New York is beginning to grow louder. As the conversation heats up, state residents are asking what a proposed New York Health Act (NYHA) may mean for employers, employees and taxpayers?
Buffalo Niagara Partnership President & CEO Dottie Gallagher penned an editorial for the Hamilton Spectator that reiterated our organization’s ardent opposition to any policy that threatens our relationship with Canada. The piece solicited positive feedback from both sides of the border and garnered the attention of many readers who want to maintain and grow our relationship with Canada.
Congress and President Trump came together this summer to address a critical component of workforce development and in the process helped the Partnership check off one of our Advocacy Agenda priorities. In late July, the President signed into law a significant update the Perkins Career and Technical Education Act.
Both employers and their employees will be paying more for healthcare unless Congress pumps the breaks on the Health Insurance Tax (HIT). Imposed by the Affordable Care Act, the HIT is set to go into effect for 2019 unless Congress agrees to delay it through 2020.
Changes to New York State’s workers’ compensation program are expected to save employers upwards of $1 billion moving forward. The New York State Department of Financial Services recently approved a nearly 12 percent reduction in loss cost rates – a key component of determining insurance premiums. This significant reduction is a direct result of critical workers’ compensation reform included in last year’s state budget.
It’s no secret – New York’s power grid is old. Over 80% of New York’s high-voltage transmission lines went into service before 1980. As outlined in our 2018 Advocacy Agenda, the Buffalo Niagara Partnership supports upgrading New York’s aging power grid and investing in energy infrastructure to help meet our economic goals. As the economic landscape of the Buffalo Niagara region continues to evolve, the importance of affordable, reliable energy remains a constant necessity – which depends, in large part, on the state of our energy grid.