After years of more or less on time New York State budgets, 2017 is now clearly late. The previous two budgets were enacted late, but within a day of the deadline with much work done by the March 31st deadline. But this year’s chaotic budget process reminds New Yorkers of the bad old days when state budgets were chronically late – often months late.
The slippage from on-time budgets to late ones tracks the spiraling corruption that seems to have permeated all of government. Why?