NEW YORK: Tight Fit

Governor Tom Dewey, who prides himself on an efficient administration, submitted his new budget for 1948-49. It was the highest in New York history. Inflation, which he blamed on the "serious confusion in national finances," had driven all costs upward. The budget called for appropriations totaling a whopping $799 million, $128 million more than last year.

But, said Dewey defensively, "appropriations are not the best figures to use for proper comparison," since they include deficiency allowances and authorizations for money that will not be spent until next year. Estimated expenditures would be $753 million, he said, up only $46 million.

Carefully, Dewey...

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