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For over 25 years, the Manhattan Institute has been an important force in shaping American political culture. We have supported and publicized research on our era?s most challenging public policy issues: taxes, welfare, crime, the legal system, urban life, race, education, and many other topics. We have won new respect for market-oriented policies and helped make reform a reality.
The CSLL promotes promising new approaches to reform of state and local government in areas including public finance, public employee pension and benefits, municipal budgeting, infrastructure finance, public education, and prisoner reentry. By spotlighting new ideas, and providing the research and proposals to inform creative new policies, the CSLL hopes to lay the groundwork for an environment in which commerce, employment, and a rich civic life can flourish.
For over twenty years, the Manhattan Institute has argued that America's litigation system reduces innovation and investment, lowers safety and well-being, and erodes the risk-taking and personal responsibility essential to our free society. The Institute's Center for Legal Policy aims to communicate thoughtful ideas on civil justice reform to real decision-makers.
The Center for Medical Progress at the Manhattan Institute convenes experts with wideranging experience across industry, government, and the scientific community in a task force on the 21st century FDA. This working paper reflects the Task Force's discussions on how advances in genomics and other disciplines might be used to optimize the drug approval process, and what tools and resources the FDA needs to achieve this outcome.
PublicSectorInc.org is a one-stop-shop for the latest news, analysis and research about the issues facing the public sector and the American taxpayer. It provides a national forum to probe problems and develop solutions at the state and local level. With a critical focus on the urgent topics of pension reform, employee compensation, bargaining and retirement health benefits for public employees, PublicSectorInc.org is shaping the national debate unfolding in state capitals and city halls across America.
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The Institute conducts research on the role of state and local governments in American federalism, education, and on the management and finances of states and localities. It works closely with state and local governments nationally and especially in New York State, and draws on the State University’s rich intellectual resources and on networks of public policy academic experts throughout the country.
The Citizens Budget Commission is a nonpartisan, nonprofit civic organization devoted to influencing constructive change in the finances and services of New York City and New York State government.
CGR is an independent center devoted to analyzing public policies to ensure that they benefit the community at large. Our corporate culture fosters collaboration across teams and disciplines. As a result, CGR's analyses and recommendations represent the combined resources of the entire CGR organization and decades of proven expertise.
Founded in 1981, The Public Policy Institute is a research and educational organization whose purpose is to formulate and promote public policies that will restore New York's economic competitiveness.
New York Civic frames and brings media attention to important issues using the Internet, press events, commentaries, public fora, and public testimonies. We also, on request, advise elected and appointed officials on legislation, budget allocation, and management practices.
UNYCE is dedicated to bringing significant and substantial changes in how elementary and secondary education is funded in New York State. UNYCE is committed to the belief that parents, not the government, have the primary responsibility for the education of their own children; thus, they should have a range of affordable options for that education.
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The Office of Management and Budget (OMB), established in 1933 as the Bureau of the Budget and renamed in 1976, is responsible for assisting the Mayor in developing and implementing New York City's budget, and for advising the Mayor on policy affecting the City's fiscal stability and the effectiveness of City services.
The Comptroller?s Office produces information and analysis that is important to help keep the public and elected officials informed about how their government is doing its job. It accomplishes that by responding to requests from journalists and by communicating to the public through the news media.
The Independent Budget Office is a publicly funded agency dedicated to enhancing understanding of New York City's budget by providing non-partisan budgetary, economic, and policy analysis for the residents of the city and their elected officials.
The Division of the Budget is an agency within the Executive Department of New York State government, and is responsible for assisting the Governor in development and administration of the legislatively-approved budget.
The New York State Comptroller oversees the various budgets and expenses for the legislature of New York State.
The New York State Senate is responsible for creating, discussing, and approving all bills and resolutions within the New York State Legislature.
The New York Assembly works to draft, amend, and pass bills and resolutions related to the legal body of New York State.
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The Manhattan Institute is a think tank whose mission is to develoop and disseminate new ideas that foster greater economic choice and individual responsibility.
Founded in 1973, The Heritage Foundation is a research and educational institute - a think tank - whose mission is to formulate and promote conservative public policies based on the principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values, and a strong national defense.
The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research is a private, nonpartisan, not-for-profit institution dedicated to research and education on issues of government, politics, economics, and social welfare.
The Cato Institute seeks to broaden the parameters of public policy debate to allow consideration of the traditional American principles of limited government, individual liberty, free markets and peace. Toward that goal, the Institute strives to achieve greater involvement of the intelligent, concerned lay public in questions of policy and the proper role of government.
The mission of the Tax Foundation is to educate taxpayers about sound tax policy and the size of the tax burden borne by Americans at all levels of government. From its founding in 1937, the Tax Foundation has been grounded in the belief that the dissemination of basic information about government finance is the foundation of sound policy in a free society.
The mission of the American Legislative Exchange Council is to advance the Jeffersonian principles of free markets, limited government, federalism and individual liberty among America's state legislators.
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The American Family Business Institute (A.F.B.I.) is an organization devoted to the singular goal of the permanent repeal of the Federal Estate Tax, or ?Death Tax? as it?s commonly known. The organization consists of owners of family businesses throughout America. It was founded in 1992. It has offices is Washington, DC, Seattle, WA, and Birmingham, AL.
Since 1986, ATR has sponsored the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, a written promise by legislators and candidates for office that commits them to oppose any effort to increase the federal income taxes on individuals and businesses.
The American Shareholders Association was founded as an activist group with interests in protecting the common American shareholder.
The Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council (SBE Council) influences legislation and public policy to enhance the environment for business start-up and growth. Through advocacy, research and education, SBE Council members and staff convey the importance of small business to innovation, job creation, economic opportunity and the U.S. economy.
FreedomWorks fights for lower taxes, less government and more economic freedom for all Americans.
The Club for Growth is a national network of over 40,000 men and women, from all walks of life, who believe that prosperity and opportunity come through economic freedom.
Established in 1970, AIADA is and continues to be the only association whose sole purpose is to represent, serve, and protect America's 11,000 international nameplate automobile franchises.
The National Tax Limitation Committee's (NTLC) mission has been to make structural changes in fiscal and governance practices at all levels of government, and to limit and control taxes and spending, so as to enhance the power and freedom of individuals and their enterprises.
The Citizens Against Government Waste's mission is to eliminate waste, mismanagement, and inefficiency in the federal government.
ACU's purpose is to communicate and advance the goals and principles of conservatism through one multi-issue, umbrella organization.
The Free Enterprise Fund is not just another ?think tank,? but a ?do tank? dedicated to specific, targeted and effective action to defeat job-killing proposals and enact free market reforms.
The 60 Plus Association is a non-partisan seniors advocacy group with a free enterprise, less government, less taxes approach to seniors issues. 60 Plus has set ending the "death" tax and Saving Social Security for the young as its top priorities.
NTU was established in 1969 to educate taxpayers, the media, and elected officials on a non-partisan basis on the merits of limited government and low taxes.
The Center for Freedom and Prosperity is an activist group centering their focus on tax freedom and prosperity.