With the pandemic devastating state tax revenues, Gov. Andrew Cuomo fairly rightly had his Division of the Budget maintain again $4 billion in funds for native governments, nonprofits, and faculty districts. But he’s declined to stint on the pork.
As the Empire Center experiences, that very same Division of the Budget has ordered the Dormitory Authority (which, regardless of the identify, dumps money on all method of tasks) to launch grants totaling a whopping $46 million from April via July.
The 226 grants are funding by bonds issued without voter approval. Most of them have been licensed through the State and Municipal Facilities Program, a $2 billion slush fund that the governor makes use of for political pork.
Nearly all that money is for non-essential spending far less vital than what the DOB has (once more, properly) withheld. But it wins factors with different politicians and native particular pursuits.
The greatest outlay, $5.6 million, goes to construct a playground in Brooklyn. So faculty help will get slashed, however, the children get a spot to play.
Cuomo has at all times spent massively on ridiculous tasks (anybody wishes to purchase an upstate “film hub”?), however, it is a new low. And from a man who simply chastised Mayor de Blasio for all of the “waste” within the metropolis funds.
The DOB estimates that the pandemic and lockdowns have introduced an income lack of $14.5 billion this yr and a complete $62 billion loss via the 2024 fiscal yr.
It is, to place it mildly, the flawed time to make sure that solely pork-barrel spending is held innocent.