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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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March 2, 2019

Buffalo News: "Coalition wants to soften tax hikes so residents can 'stay in their homes'"

"Buffalo’s booming real estate market has been more than generous to many city-dwellers selling their homes over the past few years, with some receiving more than twice the amount of money they paid just a few years ago. Their good fortune is likely to translate into a cost to longtime …

February 19, 2019

Buffalo Law Journal: "Partnership for the Public Good outlines top issues for 2019"

Partnership for the Public Good recently released its annual agenda of issues it will advocate for reform this year, with expansion of voting rights and alternatives to arrest leading the way.  

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 …

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From Protest to Politics: Women's Movements and Strengthening DemocraciesApril 11, 5:30 pm-April 12, 2019 5:30 pm

UB Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy, UB College of Arts and Sciences

On April 11 and 12, 2019, the University at Buffalo's Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy and the College of Arts and Sciences will host the conference “From Protest to Politics: Women’s Movements and Strengthening Democracies.” For the last sixty years, there …

From Protest to Politics: Women's Movements and Strengthening DemocraciesApril 11, 5:30 pm-April 12, 2019 5:30 pm

UB Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy, UB College of Arts and Sciences

On April 11 and 12, 2019, the University at Buffalo's Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy and the College of Arts and Sciences will host the conference “From Protest to Politics: Women’s Movements and Strengthening Democracies.” For the last sixty years, there …

Western New York Independent Living - Local Advocacy: Todd Vaarwerk on The Public GoodApril 2, 2019, 10-10:30 pm

Andrea Ó Súilleabháin

Join us on The Public Good this week! We’ll hear from Todd Vaarwerk, Director of Advocacy and Public Policy at Western New York Independent Living (WNYIL). He'll be discussing WNYIL advocacy work, results from the recently released state budget, as well as local efforts such as accessibility …

Free Showing of the Documentary "Dark Money"March 30, 2019, 12:30-3:30 pm

League of Women Voters

What role do secret donors play in our elections? What about super PACs, whose names often obscure their intent, and whose spending is unconstrained? The public is invited to discuss these issues after viewing the film Dark Money on Saturday, March 30, at the Harlem Road Community Center, …

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