OK, maybe not through the ages, but here is an aggregate look at how much money the state Senate has spent in the last several years, back to the 2007-08 fiscal year.
Part of the Democratic spin over reports that their party spent at least $7 million more than their budgeted allocation is that they have spent less in prior years, with the extra money available to close the deficit.
The budget of the Senate is at issue right now, as Republicans and Democrats switch majority-minority positions, with the GOP setting the budget and allocation of resources. Albany operates under a winner-take-all system, with the majority party doling out cash and resources as it sees fit.
Here is what the state Comptroller’s Office is providing by way of context when it comes to Senate spending. The dates refer to the state’s fiscal year, which runs from April 1 to March 31. So 2007, for instance, is 2007-08 and 2008 is 08-09.