Another big Albany "oink"

State lawmakers ended their 2017 regular session by approving tens of millions in pork-barrel grants, listed in resolutions that not only concealed sponsors’ names but also, in many cases, failed to explain the purposes for which the money will be spent.

We've added these items to our pork database at and also posted a sortable list isolating the end-of-session allocations.

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