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There’s plenty of “pork” in the 2015-16 state budget, according one fiscal watchdog.

The budget, adopted Wednesday, includes $1.1 billion in a “State and Municipal Facilities” program, according to the Empire Center. It allocates $385 million in new appropriations and reauthorizes $746 million in money that was approved in previous years but not yet spent. All of it will be borrowed money.

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And what’s it for? “Just about anything, at this point,” E.J. McMahon, director of the Empire Center said in a blog post.

McMahon noted that money for the fund was added after Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo presented his original budget and that leaders “have said virtually nothing about the program.”