POWER BROKERS’ NEGOTIATIONS SHROUDED SECRECY
RELEASED: March 30, 2016
“In a year that saw two alumni of the exclusive “three men in a room” club convicted of felony corruption charges, it was tempting to believe that budget negotiations would be more inclusive and transparent. In fact, they have been more secretive than ever. Members of the legislature, the media and good-government groups have been left in the dark for too much of the process. Three men in a room are deciding how to spend $150 billion collected from working families and small businesses without the input of their representatives.
“This nonchalant extension of Albany business as usual is remarkably tone deaf, but not surprising-you don’t hear from many regular folks in a backroom with two other politicians.”