New York State Comptroller
the state budget
Comptroller DiNapoli's May 2017 "Report
on the State Fiscal Year 2017-2018 Enacted Budget"
Comptroller DiNapoli's May 2017 "Report on the State Fiscal Year 2017-2018 Enacted Budget"
Comptroller DiNapoli's May 2016 "Report on the State Fiscal Year 2016-2017 Enacted Budget":
"Message from the Comptroller"
"Ideally,a governmental budget is created with full public transparency. But nine of the ten bills that make up this year’s Budget were passed by the Legislature soon after final amendments were added and bills were printed, using gubernatorial “messages of necessity” that bypass the three-day waiting period normally required by the State Constitution. The Legislature’s budget conference committee process was incomplete again this year. In many ways, transparency was sorely lacking.
"A budget should provide full and clear information about how the public’s dollars will be allocated and used, and an explanation of the benefits that are expected to result. The Enacted Budget could have done more to meet these goals...."
"Executive Summary", at p. 2
"The Budget includes a number of provisions that raise concerns regarding transparency, accountability and oversight. Bills addressing major areas of public interest were passed with only minimal information on their content disclosed. The rushed passage of these important bills denied the public the opportunity to gain a full understanding of the contents and the financial, programmatic and other impacts such agreements could have before their enactment. While fiscal estimates for certain changes from the Executive Budget were made public, the Budget was adopted with minimal disclosure as to its overall fiscal impact. The Legislature’s Joint Budget Conference Committee process was started, and the Legislature reported that $277 million was to be allocated by subcommittees for various programmatic areas, but no information as to specific outcomes of the conference committee process was made available."
Comptroller DiNapoli's April 1, 2015 "Report on the State Fiscal Year 2015-2016 Enacted Budget"
at p. 2
"The Enacted Budget’s extensive use of lump-sum appropriations for Executive and Legislative initiatives raises questions of accountability and transparency. In most cases, these programs contain only minimal criteria for awards and few, if any, requirements for public reporting on the programs’ operations.... The 2007 Budget Reform Act was enacted, in part, to prohibit the use of Legislative lump-sum appropriations. These new authorizations appear inconsistent with the spirit of such reforms."
at pp. 10-11 Transparency and Accountability
"High standards of transparency, accountability
and oversight are critical to ensuring that taxpayer dollars are
protected from waste and abuse, and public access to information
is not diminished. When budgetary actions do not meet such
standards, public resources are left vulnerable to misuse and
inefficiency, and important discussion and debate may be
shortcircuited. The SFY 2015-16 Enacted Budget omits several
proposals from the Executive Budget that would have reduced
government transparency and accountability. The Enacted Budget
was timely, with final legislative action on appropriation bills
missing the March 31 deadline by only hours. Still, transparency
with respect to both process and content was sacrificed. The
Joint Budget Conference subcommittee process, designed in part
to provide public disclosure of budget negotiations, did not
issue final reports of the results of subcommittee decisions.
The initial meetings of the subcommittees indicated that $610
million was to be allocated by the substantive subcommittees for
various programmatic areas. There were public meetings where
various changes to the budget were discussed, but final
conclusions were not reached. At that point, public meetings
stopped and final reports were never delivered.
March 6, 2017: "Cuomo Contradicts Bharara on Prosecutors and
June 22, 2017 "Lack of reforms at NY capitol called 'pathetic'", (Democrat & Chronicle (Joseph Spector)
comptroller opinions on conflicts of interest -- 2012-1 2009-1 2008-2 2008-1
Comptroller DiNapoli's Legislative Program
"good gov't" groups -- "Clock Ticking on Unfinished Business -- 2017
A.8175 (june 1, 2017)
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