For too long, motorists in Western New York have had to settle for dodging potholes and rerouting around collapsing bridges. When the snow melts each spring, the Buffalo Niagara region is left with the harsh reality of what another winter has done to an underfunded and neglected infrastructure system.
The New York State Legislature ended its 2019 session with a flurry of activity. Unfortunately, much of it was bad for Upstate, employers, and taxpayers. The Buffalo Niagara Partnership was engaged on several major issues, including our ongoing effort to block an expansion of prevailing wage to private projects and a new climate law which will drive up the cost of doing business in New York.
State legislators in Albany are actively discussing a piece of legislation that would mandate all energy in New York State be generated by renewable sources by the year 2050. This legislation, known as the Climate and Community Protection Act (CCPA) (S2992/A3876 ) would have devastating implications for manufacturers in Buffalo Niagara.
A broad coalition has come out in opposition to the expansion of prevailing wage applied to private projects that receive any form of public support.
Governor Cuomo and the State Legislature passed a new state budget for fiscal year 2019-2020. The $175.5 billion spending plan is a mixed bag for Buffalo Niagara employers. While it permanently caps property taxes, it also creates taxes and fees to cover new spending and close a deficit.
Here we go again.
Once again this year, Albany lawmakers are seeking to impose prevailing wage on private construction projects receiving most forms of state or local financial support. And once again this year the Buffalo Niagara Partnership is helping fight back against this job-killing proposal.
The New York State Budget is so much more than dollars and cents. While it does direct spending over the next fiscal year, the state budget is also typically teeming with policy—legislation that impacts New York’s employers and taxpayers every single day. That is why the Buffalo Niagara Partnership is so actively engaged in state budget advocacy, making sure state leaders and Western New York’s senators and assembly members know what we support and what we oppose.
The effort to make New York State’s property tax cap permanent took a significant step forward recently when the new Democrat majority in the State Senate passed the measure as part of its 2019 priorities package. The Buffalo Niagara Partnership has been a longtime champion of the property tax cap and has been a leading advocate for both its creation and extension. The call to make it permanent is a part of our 2019 Advocacy Agenda.