Government Take Action

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 11, 2021

Buffalo City Budget Public Comment Period Extended; Read PPG's Submitted Comment

The Buffalo Common Council has extended the deadline to submit written public comments on the City Budget until Friday, May 14 at 5pm. To comment on the budget, email councilstaff@buffalony.gov or call 716-851-5105. Read on for PPG's submitted

September 21, 2020

Ten Days Left to Complete the 2020 Census

There are ten days left to complete the Census at 2020census.gov. Happening once every ten years, the Census determines the demographics, funding and resources, and political representation for where you live. Do you want well-funded libraries, Head Start and free school lunches for kids in …

September 18, 2020

2020 Census: Tell us why you count!

Communities that don’t get fully counted in the 2020 Census will miss out for the next ten years. The Census counts. So do you. We're sharing a 2020 Census chalkboard on social media to spread the word that everybody counts. Tell us why you count, and why you've completed the …

August 4, 2020

Buffalo Common Council District Fact Sheets Now Available

While Census data is available for congressional districts, the U.S. Census bureau does not publish data for local political boundaries. We tried to fill this gap by creating a set of nine council fact sheets outlining key data for each district. This includes demographics, …

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County Budget WorkshopNovember 11, 2021, 12:30-2 pm

Andrea Ó Súilleabháin, Colleen Kristich, Becca Bass

Budgeting is one governmental process that is typically opaque to the public. Erie County’s 2021 adopted budget is over $1.6 billion dollars, funding many activities that are critical to community including housing, childcare, health, and mental health. At this workshop, learn more about what …

County Budget WorkshopNovember 11, 2021, 12:30-2 pm

Andrea Ó Súilleabháin, Colleen Kristich, Becca Bass

Budgeting is one governmental process that is typically opaque to the public. Erie County’s 2021 adopted budget is over $1.6 billion dollars, funding many activities that are critical to community including housing, childcare, health, and mental health. At this workshop, learn more about what …

County Budget WorkshopNovember 11, 2021, 12:30-2 pm

Andrea Ó Súilleabháin, Colleen Kristich, Becca Bass

Budgeting is one governmental process that is typically opaque to the public. Erie County’s 2021 adopted budget is over $1.6 billion dollars, funding many activities that are critical to community including housing, childcare, health, and mental health. At this workshop, learn more about what …

Evictions & Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP): Updates & ActionsSeptember 30, 2021, 12:30-2 pm

Grace Andriette, Sue Lumadue, Sumathy Kumar, Adam Bojak, and Teresa Watson

The Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) launched in June 2021 to provide rental and utility relief to New Yorkers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. But many things have changed since June 2021. The SCOTUS struck down a portion of the NYS eviction moratorium, and then a new one was …

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