Thursday, March 31, 2005

Dear New York Public, You've Been Warned

So, we've got a budget. Sort of. Yeah! Ready...set...bribe and waste!

"Some Assembly majority members on Wednesday warned the public about a lack of accountability in a major transportation borrowing plan in the Legislature's budget scheduled to be passed Thursday as the first on-time budget in 20 years."

"the dissenting Democrats warned that lawmakers have no idea how such huge bond issues are spent until after-project audits."

Assemblyman William Parment, a Jamestown Democrat, said competitive bidding should be required to choose the private companies that are hired to do projects paid for by the substantial borrowing in a $38.5 billion transportation package.
"Competitive bidding is to keep public officials honest," Parment said. Without it, "you are asking for trouble."

"Democratic Assemblyman Anthony Seminerio of Queens, a lawmaker since 1978, said the Legislature doesn't ask the most basic question in approving billions of dollars in borrowing: How will it be spent?

"You know what I do when my kid asks for money? I say, `What are you going to do with it?'" Seminerio said in the floor debate. "Simple, isn't it? We do it every day at home. Why can't we do it on a regular basis here? ... You won't believe how much is wasted."

Correction Assemblyman Seminerio, I believe.