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Community Agenda Process Underway; Still Time for Your Organization to Become a Partner

Each year, PPG crafts a Community Agenda, which identifies our partners’ top policy priorities for the coming year. The Community Agenda is a useful tool for education, advocacy, and collaboration, and it also guides the work of PPG’s staff and volunteers throughout the year – shaping our research, forums, radio shows, and other efforts. PPG […]
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New Policy Brief on Suburban IDA Performance

PPG has released a new policy brief, Town IDAs in Erie County: 2011-2013.  In addition to the Erie County Industrial Development Agency, there are five town based IDAs in Erie County, with an operational cost of nearly $1 million per year.  PPG looked at the 287 town IDA projects active in 2013 and found that […]
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The M.A.N. Program on the Public Good

Join us this Tuesday, November 18 at 1pm for the Public Good, when we speak with Jerome Wright, Founder and Director of The M.A.N. Program to discuss how they are mentoring and nurturing at risk individuals in WNY. You can hear the Public Good on WUFO AM 1080 or at www.wufoam.com.
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A True Minimum Wage for Tipped Workers: New PPG Policy Brief

On November 13, PPG offered testimony to New York State’s Wage Board and released a new policy brief: “A True Minimum Wage for Tipped Workers.”  The brief points out that the 20,000 workers in Western New York serving as wait staff, bartenders, and hair stylists have a median annual wage of under $20,000 per year, […]
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Citizen Action to Discuss School Discipline, Attendance, and Funding on the Public Good

How do we improve our Buffalo Public Schools?  Citizen Action lead the fight to completely revamp the BPS student discipline policy, which has led a to major reduction in suspensions.  Now they are working on implementing restorative justice programs, improving school attendance, and winning more equitable funding for high need districts.  Learn more about their […]
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PPG Releases New Report, Talking Proud: Telling Buffalo’s Stories

How does Buffalo talk about Buffalo, and what impact do our stories have on public policy?  In this new report, PPG examines Buffalo’s history and current conditions and some of the different narratives used to describe them.  In particular, the report critiques a negative mythology of Buffalo as a dysfunctional mess in need of “adult […]
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New Policy Brief Offers Key Facts and Figures on Raising the Minimum Wage

Did you know that in Erie County, a full 41% of workers earn less than $15 per hour?  How about the fact that, nation-wide, two thirds of low wage workers are employed by large companies with over 100 workers?  Or that, at Yum Brands, one of the largest employers of low wage workers in the […]
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Why New York State Still Needs Single Payer Health Care

Universal, Single Payer Health Care: Public Hearing, November 12 The New York State Assembly Health Committee is hosting an official public hearing to hear testimony about the need for a universal, single payer health care system. Please come and share stories about the damage being done by high co-pays and deductibles, underinsurance, lack of insurance, […]
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Community Health Worker Network to Host Health Policy Summit

The Community Health Worker Network of Buffalo has invited the public to attend a free Health Policy Summit on Friday, October 24, 2014 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. at Canisius College. The program, “Best Practices for a Healthy Buffalo,” will feature the following presenters and topics: What is the State of Health in Buffalo and […]
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Young Citizens for ECC Petitioning for STEM Facility Downtown

Erie Community College is moving forward with plans to build our community’s new Advanced Manufacturing and Health-Science STEM Facility at North Campus and not at City Campus.This is a tragic move for the people in our City. While there are thousands of career opportunities coming to our city at the Buffalo-Niagara Medical Campus, Solar City, […]
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WNY Sustainable Energy Association To Host Solar Tour of Homes

The WNY Sustainable Energy Association’s 2014 Solar Tour of Homes and Green Buildings will be held on Saturday, October 4th from 10 am -4 pm The event is free, self-guided, and open to the public. Don’t miss this free, self-guided tour that includes local homes and businesses that have implemented energy efficient measures and clean renewable energy technology such as Solar, Wind, and Geothermal […]