Butler: Comptroller Report Supports My Concerns over Lack of Transparency and Checks and Balances in Governorís Budget

Statement from Assemblyman Marc W. Butler (R,C,I,Ref-Newport) on State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoliís Report on the Executive Budget Proposal
February 15, 2018

ďState Comptroller DiNapoli shares my concerns over the governorís budget, which gives the executive more and more power over how the state spends money. The more the governor is allowed to circumvent the Legislature on matters of the budget, the more dangerous it is for our taxpayers. The comptroller discovered how the governor is using off-budget spending, changes in the timing of disbursements and other accounting tricks to make it appear that operating costs are below 2 percent. In fact, with these factors considered, operating costs are closer to 4 percent. This approach to the budget is deceptive and my colleagues in the Legislature must remove these unprecedented grabs for control by the governor over the state spending plan.Ē