Last Thursday, we released our 2016 policy agenda. As we have done in recent years, we are hoping to help state lawmakers understand what is holding the Upstate economy back, and what policy, tax, regulatory changes will help improve the Upstate economy.

While some parts of Upstate are moving in the right direction economically, not all of are. And even those that are still face numerous challenges.  So there is much, much more that needs to be done in Albany in terms of reducing the tax and regulatory burdens to improving Upstate’s business and job creation climate.

Some of our highlights for 2016 include:

  • opposing the proposal to raise the state’s minimum wage to $15 per hour;
  • making the state’s real property tax cap permanent;
  • keeping the 2011 personal income tax reductions in place; and
  • enacting new tax reductions that will benefit small businesses.