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John C. Liu

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Shining a Bright Light on Government Spending

(0) Comments | Posted July 10, 2013 | 11:54 AM

This article first appeared in the June 26, 2013 edition of Gotham Gazette: The Place for New York Policy and Politics.

Some say the West Coast has the best beaches, the Midwest has the friendliest people, and that you can't beat the cheesesteaks in Philly.

But financial transparency?...

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Tax Relief for the 99%

(2) Comments | Posted June 18, 2012 | 5:20 PM

New Yorkers put up with high taxes and they expect a lot in return, like safe streets, clean parks, and good schools.

What New Yorkers won't tolerate is an unfair tax system. Unfortunately, that is exactly what we have today.

In New York City, a couple that earns $50,000 pays...

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Making New York City Safer by Ending 'Stop-and-Frisk'

(1) Comments | Posted June 4, 2012 | 1:31 PM

Imagine hearing police sirens and within seconds find yourself stopped, thrown against a wall, spread-eagled, and frisked, while your neighbors and family look on. Within minutes you are let go because the cops didn't find anything. For a split second you wonder why this happened, then remind yourself that you're...

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Bringing Diversity to New York City's Specialized High Schools

(4) Comments | Posted March 30, 2012 | 5:34 PM

Recently, some 28,000 New York City families waited nervously to receive a letter that would determine the future for their kids.

With trembling hands, they opened envelopes, hoping and praying their eighth graders gained admission to the crème de la crème of New York City's public high schools:...

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Disclose Now!

(32) Comments | Posted April 1, 2010 | 12:19 PM

Earlier this year, Justice Stevens ended his powerful dissent in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission with the following words: "While American democracy is imperfect, few outside the majority of this Court would have thought its flaws included a dearth of corporate money in politics." While many have focused on...

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My Money NYC

(0) Comments | Posted March 18, 2010 | 11:44 AM

The recent ethical and legal troubles of many elected officials from New York prove that despite all the talk about transparency, there are still many politicians playing by their own rules for their own political and personal purposes. As a result, the bonds of trust between people and their representatives...

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