Mar
30
2009

NYT Finds Comedy Gold in 0.1 Percent of New York's Budget

The New York Times reported today (3/30/09) that New York State government had reached an agreement on a $131.8 billion budget. The third paragraph of the front-page story by Nicholas Confessore and Danny Hakim reads: And despite the enormous fiscal pressure the state faces, the budget contains $170 million in financing for pet projects–an amount unchanged from last year–suggesting that Albanyâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢s appetite for what critics call pork-barrel spending appeared to be undiminished. Listed in the budget were grants to gun clubs, an upstate museum dedicated to bricks and brick-making, the Soccer Hall of Fame in Oneonta and an organization known […]