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SHOCK: $14 Billion Taxpayer Slush Fund

Via the New York Post (HT Empire Report):

State lawmakers are moving to set aside nearly $14 billion that could be spent next year with very little oversight or accountability, according to a government watchdog.

Citizens Union issued a report Monday called “Spending in the Shadows” that found Gov. Cuomo’s proposed budget has $4.3 billion in 60 discretionary funding pots, up $2 billion last year.

The group said the budget includes another $9.5 billion for economic development with little or no oversight.

Citizens Union director Dick Dadey charged that the system is ripe for corruption.

“We first stumbled upon this when Malcolm Smith was charged with accessing these funds,” Dadey said, a reference to the former Queens state senator who was convicted of corruption.

Read more at the New York Post

Rusty Weiss

Rusty Weiss is a freelance journalist focusing on the conservative movement and its political agenda. He has been writing conservatively charged articles for several years in the upstate New York area, and his writings have appeared in the Daily Caller, American Thinker,, Big Government, the Times Union, and the Troy Record. He is also Editor of one of the top conservative blogs of 2012, the Mental Recession.

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