Pork, It's What's in the Budget
March 30th, 2009

The Empire Center for New York State Policy has a handy guide to the 3,588 member items included in the proposed state budget. The guide shows that there are about $65 million dollars worth of individual member items in the budget as well as two lump-sum allocations that total $105 million.

Those two projects are “$85 million to be spent ‘pursuant to one or more plans submitted by the temporary president of the senate, which shall consist of a list of amounts and grantees requiring approval from a majority of the Senate’ and another $20 million to be ‘suballocated’ by any agency or public authority without further restrictions.”

Member items include: $10,500 for the American Association for the Improvement of Boxing, $15,000 for the Urban Yoga Foundation, $1,500 for the Waterbury Roller Hockey League and $6,500 for the Utica Curling Club. Go curling!

Right now it is not clear which member requested which member item. In previous years the state has released that information after the budget has been passed.

The amount spent on pork-projects in this year’s budget basically matches the amount spent in last year’s.

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2 Responses to “Pork, It's What's in the Budget”

  1. Daniel Millstone Says:
    March 30th, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    Is there Pork in the budget? Are member items pork? Is pork a bad thing? None of these questions are answered here, as I read it.

    This post and the posts to which it links are a little short on substance, in my view. (Or to put it into a red meat context: Where’s the beef?)

  2. Larry Littlefield Says:
    March 31st, 2009 at 7:43 am

    Here’s the problem. No one knows what they did. But everyone wants to report it now. So what is reported is what they said they did. And they lie habitually.

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