Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Well, it’s not as easy as all of that.
You have to know your way around a computer and the Internet. For example, say you wanted to examine the budget proposal for the State Commission on Correction, which oversees the way state prison and local jails are operated. That would have broad interest in this region.
You’d go to the website, then click on Appropriations, then pull down the menu for Agency Name. Once on Commission on Correction, you’d find listed the fund type (General Fund), fund name (State Operations Account), program name (Improvement of Correctional Facilities), appropriations available for 2012-13, which is this year ($2,915,000), recommended appropriation for 2013-14, which is the budget year under consideration ($2,915,000) and full-time equivalents in the agency for each year (29).
All budget specifics
are now available to everyone. Now, if only the
negotiating process were
as transparent ...