Brian Zumhagen has been a weekend anchor at WNYC since 2003. His career in journalism started in 1993, with an internship in the press office of the German Green Party’s parliamentary delegation. Brian went on to spend the rest of the ‘90s working as a reporter, producer, and fill-in anchor at NPR member station KQED in San Francisco. He’s returned to Germany several times over the years for reporting projects. Most recently, he won a grant from the Arthur F. Burns Fellowship to produce radio features for the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Before coming to WNYC, Brian was a frequent contributor to PRI’s The World. He reported for the program on 9/11 and served as the show’s United Nations correspondent during the run-up to the Iraq war. Brian lives in Queens with his wife and children.
Paterson Defends His Budget
Sunday, December 21, 2008
New York, NY —
Governor Paterson calls his budget "fair and balanced," even though he acknowledges that the cuts will be painful.
REPORTER: The proposal calls for $13.7 billion in deficit reduction for fiscal years 2009 and 2010. During a conference call Friday, Paterson said state lawmakers who are attacking individual elements of the budget aren't seeing the big picture: that the state is deep in what the governor calls "Recessionville" and could fall into depression if spending isn't brought under control now.
PATERSON: Even if we do compromise and try some other methods, we're going to have to undergo some severe cuts. There are going to have to be reductions to the workforce, and there are going to have to be fee increases of some kind distributed around the state.
REPORTER: The plan currently includes more than a hundred new or increased taxes and fees on top of the layoffs and cuts to schools, hospitals, and municipal aid to the city.
Paterson says before the legislature reconvenes next month, members with legitimate concerns about cuts should come to him with concrete alternatives that would save the state an equivalent amount of money.