Cuomo finds 'secret' budget flaw

By the Associated Press

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he has unearthed what he calls a longtime Albany secret that quietly increases spending drastically in a flawed budget process.

He vows to scrap the system. Cuomo said it would have automatically increased Medicaid and education spending by 13 percent, so that even a 7-percent cut announced publicly would be a 6-percent increase in funding.

His comments to be carried this week in opinion pieces to newspapers statewide have been first obtained Monday by The Associated Press.

The former attorney general says the flawed budget system under way for decades is resulting in the state's projected $10 billion deficit. He says if the inflation rate was used, the deficit would be $1 billion.

The revelation is startling for Albany's long criticized budget

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