New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli is calling for fiscal and procurement reforms after a report released Thursday said the state's public authorities have accumulated $267 billion in debt.

DiNapoli is proposing a ban on backdoor spending by public authorities and requiring legislative appropriation of all authority spending on behalf of the state, which would be subject to pre-audit review by the Office of the State Comptroller. New York’s 1,192 public authorities as of September 2016 include 324 state-level authorities and subsidiaries along with 860 local authorities and eight that are interstate or international, according to DiNapoli. He said the state is relying more on public authorities to undertake most borrowing and bypassing a state constitutional provision that restricts the issuance of general obligation debt without voter approval.

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