2010-07-01 / Editorials
Regulation of Member Items is Long Overdue
Member items, also known as legislative pork, have been the subject of much discussion in the New York State Legislature this year, and I have heard from my constituents about them as well. Currently, there is a lax system in place for legislators to distribute member item money throughout their legislative districts. Member items represent from $170-200 million in the general budget.