It’s the standard leftist strategy: when a plan fails, throw more money at it. Eventually, though, the accountants WILL ask questions.
And in the case of DeBlasio’s wife, those answers aren’t easy to come by.
Here she was telling the world how important her cause is.
Since its inception in 2015, ThriveNYC — the city’s sprawling $850 million initiative to address a variety of mental health issues — has operated without much scrutiny or accountability.
With few public metrics by which to measure its success so far, and the broad strokes used by city officials to describe its operations, the city has offered little insight into how it has assessed Thrive’s efficacy since it began.
Gee, sounds a little reminiscent of that Green New Deal, doesn’t it?
So how well did their big plan work out?
Let’s check the metrics:
Twenty-nine hospitals responsible for more than 78,000 newborn deliveries each year — representing nearly seven in 10 births in the city — committed to screen all new mothers for maternal depression. Thrive would then refer them to counseling, which is considered an effective way to treat the problem.
The outcome has not come close to reaching the goal.
What about the financials?
POLITICO filed a records request for the program’s line-item budget in October 2018, but the city has twice requested an extension. Two budget breakdowns acquired by POLITICO — one from City Hall and one from the Independent Budget Office — show significant differences in spending.
The City Hall budget shows $594 million in spending since ThriveNYC’s inception. The IBO budget shows $816 million. Both City Hall and IBO suspect the Office of Management and Budget included fewer programs in the City Hall version, accounting for the difference. But the budget discrepancies illustrate the difficulty in tracking Thrive. [Emphasis added]
Letting these guys handle money is a little like leaving Jack Sparrow in charge of the rum.
Friends don’t let friends vote for socialists who run an economy into the ground.