NYC Opinion: Stumbling toward a walkable city: Congestion pricing, a very big deal, could finally help get us there

The New York State budget is so big that, a billion here and a billion there and the next thing you know we’re talking about real money in what’s now a $175 billion-and-change pot that gets divvied up at the same time that most new laws are passed.

That all happens in some podunk place, Smallbany, that somehow controls New York City and where before any votes are cast, three people in a closed room decide on each dollar before emerging annually with thousands of tablets etched with fine print like some cut-rate group of Moseses descending Sinai, promising that next year we’ll be in the Promised Land.