In its Advocacy blog, the Buffalo Niagara Partnership (BNP) provided its assessment of the state’s 2016-17 budget:

“The Governor and State Legislature have…turned their backs on New York employers and doubled down on the state’s well-earned reputation as the most unfriendly place in the country to own and operate a business.  The employer mandates contained in this budget are unprecedented and will continue to hold back the Upstate economy. As bad as this budget is for employers, it could have been much worse if it were not for the aggressive and coordinated advocacy efforts of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership, Unshackle Upstate, the Minimum Wage Reality Check Coalition, and dozens of employer organizations who collectively stood up for New York’s job creators.”

Unfortunately, they are right. Albany continues to talk about the need to promote economic growth and job creation, even as it imposes new mandates on employers.  Read the full blog post here.