End Spending Freeze

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End the #NYCGA spending freeze.

1) The NYCGA cannot hear financial proposals unless a member of Accounting is present and the current balance of the general fund has been presented. The NYCGA will not spend more than 20% of its total balance on any given night.

2) Non-consensus means of obtaining funds will not be honored – funds are accessible through prior consented budgets, the General Assembly, or the Spokes Council, only.

3) These protocols do not affect how the bail fund and general fund interacts (i.e., if the bail fund is emptied, the general fund becomes a backup bail fund – and no consensus is required to make a withdrawal, nor does the 20% restriction apply).

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11 Responses to “End Spending Freeze”

  1. OCCU-EVOLVE

    amen Justin! great proposal….hope im back in time FROM OTS to see it pass… :)

  2. Sean McKeown

    Three friendly amendments were accepted:

    1) The NYCGA cannot hear financial proposals unless a member of Accounting is present and the current balance of the general fund has been presented. The NYCGA will not spend more than 20% of its total balance on any given night.

    2) Non-consensus means of obtaining funds will not be honored – funds are accessible through prior consented budgets, the General Assembly, or the Spokes Council, only.

    3) These protocols do not affect how the bail fund and general fund interacts (i.e., if the bail fund is emptied, the general fund becomes a backup bail fund – and no consensus is required to make a withdrawal, nor does the 20% restriction apply).

  3. Darrell Prince

    So accounting now has the power to pocket veto financial proposals, and the general fund is a back up bail fund.. and there is no way to grant emergency funding…

  4. Sean McKeown

    1) Accounting has held the ability to “pocket veto” if that is what you want to call it since the General Assembly fell apart following 3/17/12. This is attempting to bridge that divide – we’ll show you we’re a valid body, then you’ll show up for once.

    2) The general fund has been a backup bail fund since before there was a bail fund. This makes no new protocols, simply makes it clear what those protocols have always been.

    3) Was there a way to grant emergency funding before? If in June you needed emergency funding, how would you get it?

    • Patricia L

      Do we have notes for this GA? Do we know who is actually in Accounting?

      3) By emergency fund, I suppose he meant the emergency proposal process, which allowed for proposals to be presented without the waiting period. The proposal and amendments don’t seem to speak to that at all.

      • Sean McKeown

        Since a November spokes, it’s been agreed that the general fund would be used as bail without requiring GA or Spokes consent, without a cap or notice required.

        If the bail fund runs out, and it’s ~$35k or so at this point I’m told, bail will still be paid out. This consensus does not override that protocol, its 20% restriction was not meant to leave activists in jail, just to apply to the GA and Spokes.

  5. @CynPrice

    Yet tons of money has been given to “printing” which is received by Sean McKeown. Was this printing an emergency?

    • justinstoned

      Ah yes the misinformed return when mention of $ happens. Cynthia you’ve been corrected publically on multiple occasions about this & I’d like you to take a moment to pause before you begin your personal attacks, again.

      Happy Occupy & Watch out for Internet Trolls, they’re everywhere.