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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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May 19, 2022

WKBW: "Community members call for executive order to halt Buffalo City budget vote"

By: Pheben Kassahun | May 19, 2022 With Saturday's events still so fresh in people's minds, some people want city leaders in Buffalo to pause plans to advance the Mayor's budget proposal. Thursday's gloomy day accurately depicts how the greater Buffalo community is feeling, as members mourn the …

May 11, 2022

WGRZ: "Buffalo neighbors criticize aspects of Mayor's proposed budget"

By: Rob Hackford | May 11, 2022 A line of Buffalo neighbors shared their criticisms of Mayor Byron Brown's proposed budget Tuesday evening, during a public hearing held by the Common Council. Four budget items garnered the most attention, the Mayor's 4% property tax and garbage fee increase, …

April 9, 2022

WBFO: "Local criminal justice reformer calls foul on bail reform rollbacks"

Gov. Kathy Hochul is rolling back criminal justice reform laws that have been on the books since January 2020 specifically giving judges more discretion in setting bail for defendants. Reform advocates like Partnership for the Public Good Policy Agenda Director Tanvier Peart are calling foul on the …

April 8, 2022

Buffalo News: "Agreement on bail reform will give judges ability to consider danger a defendant poses"

By: Maki Becker | April 8, 2022 The debate over bail reform has been one of the most contentious elements of Gov. Kathy Hochul's first budget negotiations as the state's top leader. Amid a jump in gun violence in cities from Buffalo to New York City, she sought to retool the landmark …

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The Forgotten Population: Leah Angel Daniel on The Public GoodAugust 9, 2022, 10:30-11 am

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Join us on The Public Good. This week’s guest is Leah Angel Daniels, Founder and CEO of Fostering Greatness, Inc. The fourth item on the PPG's 2022 Community Agenda is The Forgotten Population: Foster Care Youth, Young Adults, and Alumni, on which Fostering Greatness is a leading …

Common Council Conversations: Council President Darius Pridgen on The Public GoodJuly 19, 2022, 10:30-11 am

Tanvier Peart

Over the next few months, PPG is hosting Buffalo Common Council members on The Public Good as they discuss their goals and plans for the upcoming year.  This week on The Public Good, we feature Council President Darius G. Pridgen of the Ellicott

Common Council Conversations: Council President Darius Pridgen on The Public GoodJuly 19, 2022, 10:30-11 am

Tanvier Peart

Over the next few months, PPG is hosting Buffalo Common Council members on The Public Good as they discuss their goals and plans for the upcoming year.  This week on The Public Good, we feature Council President Darius G. Pridgen of the Ellicott

Common Council Conversations: Council President Darius Pridgen on The Public GoodJuly 19, 2022, 10:30-11 am

Tanvier Peart

Over the next few months, PPG is hosting Buffalo Common Council members on The Public Good as they discuss their goals and plans for the upcoming year.  This week on The Public Good, we feature Council President Darius G. Pridgen of the Ellicott

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