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One of the less talked about provisions in the state budget is the expansion of the Power for Jobs program, which provides low-cost electricity to businesses in the name of economic development.

Governor Andrew Cuomo visited North Tonawanda Thursday to hype the program’s new benefits.

Under Power for Jobs, 500 or so businesses paid a quarter of what residential customers pay for electricity - mostly by using low-cost hydropower from upstate. The new program, re-branded as Recharge New York, doubles the amount of megawatts available for cheap.

Cuomo hopes the prospect of energy savings will act as an economic magnet.

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With UB 2020 dropped from consideration in the state budget proposal, the bill now must gain passage on its own.

SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher says the legislation, which gives some state universities more independence, could still see passage this session. 

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The University at Buffalo's UB2020 plan is billed by the school as a "framework for the future," to help drive the economic engine that will transform the Buffalo/Niagara economy. But legislation critical to making that dream a reality has sputtered in the legislature twice.

Maybe the third time’s the charm for UB2020.