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Poverty and inequality are the worst problems afflicting Buffalo Niagara, and the primary cause of most of the others. While poverty rates in the region as a whole are roughly average, the city of Buffalo consistently ranks as one of the poorest in the nation. Any conversation about revitalization must begin with poverty, and, in particular, with concentrated, racialized poverty. Effective poverty-fighting tools include tax relief for people with low incomes, living wage policies, and protection from predatory lending and other exploitative practices.

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January 26, 2023

New Policy Brief: Raising and Indexing State Minimum Wage Would Have a Large Impact on Women, People of Color, and Immigrants in Western New York

Our latest policy brief by Sam Magavern, Russell Weaver, and Haley Smith examines the potential impact of raising the state's minimum wage for workers in Western New York. The authors conclude that the legislative proposal to raise New York’s minimum wage gradually to $20 by 2026 in …

October 5, 2022

WBFO/NPR: "Buffalo, What's Next? | Water Bills"

By: Jay Moran | October 5, 2022 Researcher Anna Blatto from The Partnership for the Public Good reveals some of the things she has started to uncover in a study of the city’s water shut offs, who they effect, and what neighborhoods are dis-proportionally effected.

May 31, 2022

Buffalo News: "Racist attack highlights sparse supermarket options in Buffalo's largely Black neighborhoods"

By: Stephen T. Watson | May 31, 2022  The Tops Markets on Jefferson Avenue, targeted by an avowed white supremacist in a massacre that killed 10 Black people, is the only supermarket within the 14208 ZIP code and a wider section of Buffalo's East Side. The closest full-service grocery …

May 30, 2022

Buffalo News: "The Editorial Board: An ingrained system of segregation led the Tops shooter to Buffalo’s East Side"

The Buffalo News Editorial Board | May 30, 2022 This is the first in a series of editorials.  The cauldron of hate had been brewing for a while, fueled by false notions of “replacement theory.” But long before the shooter stepped foot in that Tops supermarket on May …

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The True Cost of Child Care in Erie CountySeptember 15, 2022, 2:30-3:30 pm

The Cornell ILR Buffalo Co-Lab, Erie County, and child care professionals and advocates are gathering for the announcement of Cornell's True Cost of Child Care Phase II Study. Join to learn more about this call to action for a federal response to our child care crisis. 

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

Sarah Wooton

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 …

Segregation by Design - History and Impacts of Segregation in Buffalo: Anna Blatto on The Public GoodMay 24, 2022, 10:30-11 am

Tanvier Peart

Join us on The Public Good. This week we speak with Anna Blatto, Research Associate at PPG and author of PPG report “A City Divided: A Brief History of Segregation in Buffalo.”  The heartbreaking tragedy at the Tops on Jefferson on May 14 reminds us of the decades of historical …

Public Presentation on the True Cost of Child Care in Erie CountyFebruary 3, 2022, 1-2 pm

Child Care Providers, Cathy Creighton, Director of the ILR Buffalo Co-Lab, Assemblymember Monica Wallace, Maria Whyte, Deputy County Executive for Erie County, and a representative from DSS, Erie County

On Thursday, February 3, 2022 from 1-2pm ET the Cornell ILR Buffalo Co-Lab and the Live Well Erie Emergency Child Care Task Force, will host a free webinar to present the findings of a newly released study, “The True Cost of Child Care: Erie County, NY,” Part I, to the public. Child …

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The True Cost of Child Care: Erie County NY (Final Report)
Economic Inequality in Buffalo: Session 1
Economic Inequality in Buffalo: Session 2
Economic Inequality in Buffalo: Session 3
Poverty and Inequality in Buffalo-Niagara