Despite some respectable reforms adopted in 2007, New York's budget process is still complicated, opaque and rushed. Citizens Union believes that the citizens of New York State deserve better, and has long stood for budget reform. The process must provide a meaningful role for rank and file members of the Legislature, and most importantly, allow for substantive public debate on budget decisions, especially during these fiscally challenging times. Citizens Union is committed to working with the Governor and the State Legislature to build upon their increasing embrace of budget reform and increased transparency by enacting further and much-needed changes to the budget process.
Below please find links to Citizens Union's recent statements relating to state budget reform.
- September 24, 2013 - CU Testimony to Moreland Commission on Unaccountable State Spending
- March 26, 2013 - CU Gives State Budget Process Some Thumbs Up, Some Thumbs Down
- April 11, 2012 - CU Report Card on the NYS Budget Process, 2010-2012
- April 11, 2012 - News Release on Budget Reform Report Card: CU Gives NYS a Grade of "I" - Improved, but Incomplete
- March 23, 2012 - Position Statement Regarding Budget Language Allowing Executive Transfer of Funds Without Legislative Approval
- March 23, 2012 - CU Statement Opposing Budget Transfer Language and Calling for 3 Day Aging of Budget Bills
- March 22, 2010 - News Release of Inequality of Member Item Distribution Among State Legislators from New York City
- December 17, 2009 - Citizens Union Testifies before the NYS Senate Select Hearing on Improving the Budgetary Process
- November 5, 2009 - Citizens Union Report Card on State Budget Reform, 2007 to 2009
- April 4, 2009 - Citizens Union Statement Condemning the State Budget Process
- December 15, 2008 - News Release Urging Governor and Legislature to Enact Budget Reforms
- December 15, 2008 - Issue Brief and Position Statement on State Budget Reform
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