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State budget includes $2.4 billion in “lump sums”

ALBANY— Citizens Union says the Cuomo administration's proposed budget for the coming year contains $2.4 billion in 78 lump sums that allow spending decisions by officials after budget bills are passed. The reform advocacy group says that's $200 million lower than the current budget has, but it contains 12 more "ambiguous" pots of money, while the ...