You have heard the metaphor about a frog placed in a pot of cold water that is gradually heated, never realizes the trouble it is in and is boiled alive.
That metaphor can be used about Albany’s dealing with the MTA Capital Budget. Newly reappointed MTA boss Tom Prendergast has been sounding the alarm about the $14 billion budget hole. But, of course, the New York State legislature just hasn’t gotten around to it; seeing how busy they’ve been with the important stuff that just needed to get done before session ended.
- A bill was approved to let dogs to join their human companions on restaurant patios.
- Horse racing is now legal on Palm Sunday. Thank god.
- You can go to the Bronx Zoo for free one day a year.
- The designation of the Wood Frog the state amphibian.
The reality is Albany rarely boils the frog. It is only $14 billion over five years. The New York State budget is $142 billion this year alone. Plus, the MTA still has money left over from its last capital budget. State lawmakers historically tackle big problems just as the water in the pot begins to bubble and our scaly friends realize it is time to take action. Of course, I am talking about the frogs, not the lawmakers.