DiNapoli says state budget approval process lacked transparency
Apr 26, 2019 12:43 am
David Lombardo reports in Captiol Confidential that Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli is complaining that this year's state budget was worked out behind closed doors, and then approval was rushed through the legislature. The comptroller's "Enacted Budget Report 2019-20" says the $175 billion budget “lacked transparency in key ways” and was “opaque.” Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state lawmakers issued waivers to bypass the three-day waiting period required by the state constitution to approve budget bills after they had been amended. Instead, the public and legislators had less than a day to read text before some votes. “These bills were passed with little time for review by legislators and the public,” the report says. DiNapoli, and many others, have been crying the same refrain for years, and nothing has changed in Albany. Read the full story in Captiol Confidential, a Times Union blog.