So. Tier takes hit in NY budget ‘pork’

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While the area’s state legislators are up in arms over the 2009-10 budget supported by Democrats, one talked-about set of costs — member items, or pork — dropped for the Southern Tier in the proposed budget despite a $10 billion increase in spending, according to an Albany watchdog group.

The Empire Center for Public Policy, part of the nonprofit Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, released a report Monday outlining $65.86 million in member items in the state budget.

There are 3,558 earmarks listed on the Web site. A preliminary review by The Evening Tribune shows that overall earmarks — in both volume and dollar amount — have decreased for the Southern Tier since 2008…

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