In an effort to find ways to cut wasteful government spending, Assemblyman Bill Reilich (R,C,I-Greece) released the findings of the Waste At State Taxpayers Expense (W.A.S.T.E) Task Force, which he co-chairs. The task force was formed in response to the discovery of state “ghost ship” commissions that continue to function despite having concluded serving their purpose.
“Our report reveals several places where taxpayer dollars have been needlessly spent," said Reilich. "With the state looking for ways to get its arms around an ever-rising budget deficit, it is my hope that the Governor takes a serious look at our findings and partners with all members of the State Legislature to close these wasteful programs."
The report released finds that between $500,000 and $1 million is wasted annually on “ghost ship” commissions. For example, the state commission on Local Government Efficiency and Competitiveness continues to remain open with a $400,000 budget and a four-person staff despite handing in its final report on April of 2008. The report calls for an amendment that would automatically abolish such commissions within 15-30 days after they have tendered their final reports. In addition, the W.A.S.T.E report points out excess spending in areas such as printing costs, Medicaid abuse and unethical aircraft use.
“I call on Governor Paterson and the Assembly Majority to review the W.A.S.T.E report that identifies excess costs of useless government expenditures,” stated Reilich. “Tax increases are the last thing we need in this economy and they can be avoided by eliminating the wasteful spending we have identified.”
To obtain the full copy of the W.A.S.T.E report, please contact the office of Assemblyman Reilich by phone at 225-4190 or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.