Checks nix

Constitutional concerns...fancy that. At the Times-Union:

ALBANY — Gov. Andrew Cuomo is defending language in his proposed budget that has been criticized by legislators, saying it will allow him to consolidate "back-office" functions across state agencies.
 
The governor suggested his critics, including top legislators, were simply seeking to keep the status quo. His proposal would allow budgeters on his staff to move money among agencies outside the state's normal budget process.
 
"The Legislature has one role, the executive has another role. I'm trying to manage this government. I'm trying to find efficiency," Cuomo said Tuesday. "How can I manage if I have to tell you in advance every dollar — (lawmakers) aren't even here half the time. That is a normal and usual tension, and you manage the tension."
 
"It sounds ominous, but this is an essential management alignment of back-office overhead," he continued...
 
...Some legislators remain leery of Cuomo's actions, which they said are an intrusion on their constitutionally prescribed role.
 
...At the Cabinet meeting, Cuomo indicated some willingness to negotiate, as part of what he described as "healthy tension" between himself and legislators. But the relevant language is written into bills that legislators cannot easily change.
There's a reason for separation of powers and checks and balances.  Being wary of creating a dictatorship in Albany, however benevolent it might appear at the moment, is just prudent.