Participatory Budgeting

A Great Antidote to Lack of Faith in Government

Last week, a New York Times, CBS News poll revealed that faith in government is at an all-time low, with a whopping 89 percent of Americans reporting that they don’t trust government to do the right thing. There are many reasons for this: stagnation in Washington, even as the economic picture continues to stall, rising unemployment, and growing income inequality. Read more »

Audio: Participatory Budgeting

The Brian Lehrer Show
10/21/2011

Brad Lander, Brooklyn City Councilman (D-39), and Melissa Mark-Viverito, city council member representing East Harlem and parts of the Bronx and Upper West Side, and member of the council's Progressive Caucus, discuss their new plan to involve constituents in budget allocation.

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Ready, set ... PB!

We're off-and-running with participatory budgeting.  After much preparation -- thanks again to our district organizing committee and all the volunteers helping so far -- we've started the outreach to get hundreds of people to contribute ideas & help shape the projects that will eventually appear on the ballot. Read more »

Video: $1M in taxpayer money to spend!

ABC 7
09/28/2011

What would you do with a million dollars? I'm sure you have the answer, but four New York City Council Members apparently don't.

They each have a million dollars in discretionary taxpayer funds and need your help on how to spend it.

"Oh, we get to be involved, what a beautiful thing," said Morgan Gabriel, an East Flatbush resident.

 

Spending $1 million in your own neighborhood is a beautiful thing. Read more »

4 Council Members, Each With $1 Million, Will Let Public Decide How It’s Spent

New York Times
09/14/2011

Four City Council members, intrigued by experiments begun in Brazil to let ordinary citizens determine how government uses tax dollars, say they plan to allow their constituents to decide how $4 million is spent next year. Read more »

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