Greater oversight of state government’s spending of federal stimulus funding is the goal of a proposal being pushed by State Senator Betty Little and her Republican Senate colleagues.
The lawmakers announced the plan at an Albany news conference, saying that transparency is needed to prevent abuses and ensure funding is distributed fairly to all regions of the state. Also, the lawmakers want a system that tracks the new jobs expected to be created as a result of stimulus spending.
Shannon Sara, a Queensbury High School senior, is pictured with Senator Little in the Senate Chamber. Shannon was sponsored by the League of Women Voters of New York State Education Foundation, Inc. to the participate in the Students Inside Albany program. The four-day program covered topics including lobbying, open government and the role media plays in public policy decisions.
New York State Senator Betty Little (SD-45) discusses the importance of mandate relief and a constitutional amendment she is sponsoring that would relieve local governments and local taxpayers of unfair new burdens.