Press Releases: 2013

Uniland and Delaware North Tax Breaks Highlights the Need for State Leaders to Take Action on Broken Economic Development System

Today’s corporate subsidy deal for Uniland highlights the need to fix a clearly broken economic development system. Far too many corporations are in the habit of using our state’s economic development programs to shift the cost of doing business and pad their profits without providing clear community benefits.

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Getting Our Money’s Worth Coalition Responds to New Report Showing IDAs Adding to Lost Property Tax Revenue for Municipalities

New York, NY—This afternoon, members of the Getting Our Money’s Worth Coalition responded to the Office of the New York State Comptrollers report, Property Tax Exemptions in New York State. The new data was posted on the agency’s website, athttps://www.osc.state.ny.us/.

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Coalition for Economic Justice Director Arrested as Calls for Immigration Reform Increase

Washington, D.C— The Coalition for Economic Justice joined a growing group of labor, faith, and community leaders and elected officials in the United States Capitol today to call on Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform. Hundreds of advocates were arrested after acting in civil disobedience to urge congressional leaders to take immediate action to support reforms that include a path to citizenship and strong worker protections for immigrants.

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Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation embraces high road economic development principles

Buffalo, NY-At the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation Board of Directors meeting on September 9, 2013, the board adopted a set of high road economic development principles to help guide their current and future economic development initiatives for the Buffalo Waterfront. This was a result of the years of commitment and hard work by the Canal Side Community Alliance, a broad coalition of organized labor, community based organizations, activists and faith based organizations committed to advancing smart economic development and waterfront revitalization.

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Buffalo, control board win living wage suit

A lawsuit that sought retroactive pay for seasonal sanitation workers in Buffalo under the city’s living-wage ordinance was dismissed Thursday by the state’s highest court.

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Some support, others blast IDA exemptions

I had a post earlier today outlining the amount and number of tax exemptions that Industrial Development Agencies have granted in recent years and that prompted a response on both sides of the issue.

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New York IDAs grant $5.6 billion in tax breaks

ALBANY — The state’s industrial development agencies doled out $5.6 billion in tax breaks to local projects between 2008 and 2011, a state report Tuesday found.

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Extended benefits for jobless are being cut: Sequester to mean 10.7% less for 8,000 in region

WASHINGTON – About 8,000 people who have been jobless for more than six months in the Buffalo area will see their unemployment benefits cut by 10.7 percent next month as sequestration, the automatic budget reductions forced on the country by the president and the Congress, goes into effect.

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Community Leaders, Elected Representatives Respond to Federal and State Minimum Wage Proposals

Buffalo, NY – A coalition of community leaders and elected officials gathered today to urge the New York State legislature and Governor to pass a minimum wage increase. The advocates joined a growing statewide coalition to call on leaders in Albany to pass the recently amended Assembly bill – modeled after President Obama’s State of the Union proposal – that would raise the state’s minimum wage to $9 and index it to inflation to keep up with the rising cost of living.

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Groups Push for a Higher Minimum Wage

Buffalo (WBEN) — A group of local organizations, labor unions, and other community leaders held a rally Monday morning in downtown Buffalo to encourage Albany to raise the state’s minimum wage to 9-dollars.

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