Solution for Good Government: Give New Yorkers access to the government benefits they deserve by moving away from bureaucracy and providing automatic benefits.

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Issue: 
Good Government
Solution: 
Give New Yorkers access to the government benefits they deserve by moving away from bureaucracy and providing automatic benefits.
Explanation: 

As outlined in “Our Next Economy: THE Creative City,” government must finally adopt a consumer oriented approach to service delivery and abandon the old method of requiring residents to jump through hoops and deal with bureaucracy in order to qualify for and gain access to benefits that they deserve. One such way would be to screen residents for benefits through routine filings such as their annual tax return. In our new consumer oriented government, taxpayers would receive pre-filled-out applications for benefits such as food stamps, heating assistance, or rent increase exemptions with their tax refunds. While demonstrating leadership on a local level, we should also support Congressman Charlie Rangel’s proposal to do the same on a Federal level.

Source: 
Former New York City Public Advocate Mark Green, "Change for New York: 100 Ideas for a Better City," 2009.
Organization: 
Mark Green for New York Public Advocate

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