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Making state and local government more democratic, efficient, and accountable will require campaign finance reform, the curtailing of independent authorities, and increased regional cooperation. It will also require close attention to issues of patronage, contracting procedures, ethics, public input, transparency, and the enforcement of existing laws and regulations.

Major reform is required to (i) reduce the tax burden on people with low incomes; (ii) increase taxes on products and activities that cause pollution in order to reflect their true social and governmental costs; (iii) reduce wasteful corporate tax subsidies; and (iv) provide greater, more equitable, and more predictable support to high-poverty cities and counties.

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February 13, 2019

Community Agenda Update: Winning Voting Rights and Working Toward a Complete Census Count

PPG and partners met to discuss and strategize around two topics from the 2019 Community Agenda: protecting and expanding voting rights and forming a Complete Count Committee for Buffalo-Niagara representation in Census 2020.

February 7, 2019

Buffalo News: "Erie County leaders draw closer to their first raise in 22 years"

Elected officials should not have to pay an undue price for their public service, said Andrea Súilleabháin, executive director of Partnership for the Public Good, a community-based think tank."A higher salary will encourage more and better candidates to run for office," she …

January 14, 2019

Community Groups to Unveil their Policy Agenda for 2019

The Partnership for the Public Good (PPG) unites 284 community groups working for a better Buffalo – ranging from large social service agencies like the YWCA to neighborhood groups like the Masten Block Club Coalition, and from arts organizations like El Museo to environmental advocates like …

December 26, 2018

Buffalo News: "Letter: State should address development tax break"

The Buffalo News published a letter by PPG policy analyst Sarah Wooton, calling on New York State to eliminate the 485-a exemption or change it to help small-time property owners to improve their properties, rather than doling out public money to wealthy developers for dubious projects.

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Protecting Homeowners from Steep Tax Increases: In 2020 and BeyondMarch 2, 2019, 1-3 pm

Home prices in some neighborhoods have risen dramatically in recent years. Homeowners in these areas may see steep property tax increases in 2020. How can we make sure that homeowners are not displaced due to unaffordable increases in taxes? A coalition of community groups has been exploring …

2019 Community Agenda Preview: India Walton and Jessica Gilbert on The Public GoodJanuary 15, 2019, 7-7:30 pm

Andrea Ó Súilleabháin

Join us on The Public Good this week! We'll hear from India Walton, Community Organizer at Open Buffalo and Jessica Gilbert, a Research Associate at PPG as they preview a few issues voted on to the 2019 Community Agenda by our partners. Learn more at the rollout event this Friday. Listen, and then …

Voting Rights: Reforming Voting Laws in NYSNovember 28, 2018, 7-10 pm

New Yorkers want free, fair and secure voting. But, unlike many other states, New York has antiquated laws that discourage voting and deny many citizens the freedom to vote. Together, we can change that. Western New York voters and speakers from the Let NY Vote Coalition, including Susan Lerner, …

Working With the MediaNovember 19, 2018, 12-1:30 pm

Marsha McLeod, Aaron Lowinger, Mark Sommer

Learn to effectively engage the media by building relationships and crafting your message. If you want to get media coverage for your organization or campaign, it’s essential you’re seen and heard in the media on a regular basis. Journalists are constantly looking for interesting …

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