New York Services for AIDS, Elderly, Poor Threatened by State Budget Dispute, Not-for-Profit Coalition Says
September 11, 2003
Some programs for people with HIV/AIDS, prison inmates, the elderly and the poor in New York are being threatened because Gov. George Pataki (R) has not released funding from the current state budget, advocates from a coalition of New York not-for-profit groups said on Tuesday, the AP/Long Island Newsday reports. The funding is part of $200 million in so-called "pork-barrel" spending in the $93 billion 2003-2004 budget, the advocates said. Although some of the $200 million goes to the not-for-profit groups, some of the money goes to support popular local projects, youth leagues and civic groups. In May, the Legislature passed the state budget despite Pataki's objections, and it later overrode his 119 vetoes to enact the budget. Pataki has said that much of the Legislature's budget is unconstitutional because it tries to weaken the spending authority of the governor. The state Senate later approved "clean-up" legislation, which Pataki said was necessary before he could constitutionally release the funds, according to the AP/Newsday. The Assembly has refused to pass the same bill and has said that it has no plans to reconsider the measure.
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