Capital Pork: How State Politicians Divvy Up Billions for Favored Capital Projects

CGR analyzed the $1.7 billion in grants (all borrowed funds) handed out since 1997 by New York State legislators for “capital” projects. This first-ever geographic analysis found stark differences in benefits for regions and interest groups; secret agreements among top state leaders; fewer checks on spending than other states; and added debt for New York, which at the time of the report was the nation's second most-indebted state. CGR's overall recommendation is to “let the sun shine on this process.”

Data Files

Report Date: Mar 2006
Author(s): Kent Gardner , Erika Rosenberg
Subject(s): Government Management
Location: New York State

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