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Paterson Predicts Budget Will Be Late, Says Will OK Austerity Spending

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Governor Paterson says it looks like the state budget will once again be late. If that's the case, he'll have to take drastic steps to keep the state running after April 1st. Karen DeWitt has more from Albany.

REPORTER: Both the Assembly and Senate have now released their versions of the budget. But Governor Paterson says it's so late, with the Passover and Easter break coming up, there's no way the budget can be approved by the deadline, which is now just one week away.

PATERSON: Unfortunately in this period we will have to go to a very bare bones almost austerity appropriations plan which will be biweekly, which keeps government running.

REPORTER: Paterson says under law he has to meet medicaid payments and pay state workers, but he says beyond that he won't okay state money for anything else including schools, local governments and state vendors.

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