New York governors lack clear authority to make unilateral midyear spending cuts that could help future executives address fiscal crises, according to a report released last week by the Rockefeller Institute of Government.

“Legislation and/or constitutional amendment could usefully clarify the status of this existing gubernatorial power,” Robert Ward, the institute’s deputy director, said in a press release. “Extending such authority beyond agency operations would enhance the state’s ability to deal effectively with coming budget gaps and avoid further shifting of current costs into the future.”

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