An analysis from Comptroller Tom DiNapoli’s office released Friday took issue with Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s yoking of policy to appropriations in his 30-day budget amendments.

Cuomo’s amendments to his $142 billion spending proposal would tie ethics reform such as new disclosure requirements for the Legislature and requiring receipts for travel reimbursement to spending — a move that exerts the governor’s broad control over the process, but has come under scrutiny from lawmakers.

“Several of the amendments give the Executive great latitude in spending,” DiNapoli said in a statement. “And while particular substantive proposals may be worthy, attaching them to spending bills that expire within two years or less may not be the best way to consider the merits.”

Cuomo is linking new client disclosure and private income requirements to capital projects.

Per diem reform, for instance, is tied to spending for DiNapoli’s office as well — a move the comptroller’s office says came without consultation from Cuomo’s office.

The amendments themselves are yet to be formally introduced by the Legislature as lawmakers seek to re-gain leverage with the governor in the budget talks.

The report points to other areas in which Cuomo is linking spending to policy: education, health care and transportation (Cuomo is tying the DREAM Act, the education tax credit and the Tuition Assistance Program, into one package).

“Inclusion of policy changes in time-limited appropriations means that any such provisions included in the Enacted Budget would require further legislative action within the next year or two, or would expire due to State Constitutional and statutory limits on the life of appropriations,” the report states. “For this reason and others, important policy reforms may be better addressed through statutory revision.”

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