“This budget is way, way high,” Comptroller Scott Stringer said on 970 AM radio’s “The Cats Roundtable.”
“We added $4 billion in spending this year, and that’s something I’m very concerned about,” Stringer said. “We can’t just spend wildly.”
“Right now, we need to take action while the economy is strong,” he told host John Catsimatidis. “We should be setting aside revenues and controlling our spending.
“But instead, future budget gaps are projected to grow by $1 billion a year. At the end of the day, part of the budget negotiation has to be about getting us to a higher savings level, not just a higher spending level.”Later on Stringer takes on spending in the school system:
Stringer particularly took aim at questionable spending decisions at the Department of Education.
“The Department of Education is a spending boondoggle,” he said. “They spend 24 percent of the money on administrators instead of teachers instead of resources for the classrooms.”
The DOE is budgeted backwards as just about everyone knows. The classroom gets what is leftover after the fat cat administrators take care of themselves and their friends centrally and in the schools.