Paterson Calls Budget Negotiations Too Secretive
Saturday, April 05, 2008
New York, NY —
Gov. David Paterson wants the legislature to work all weekend if necessary to finalize an overdue state budget. But lawmakers adjourned Friday without scheduling a time to return before Monday. Both Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver say members are available if they need to be called back to work. Unresolved issues include school aid, higher education funding, and the taxes and other revenue to be used to pay for the $124 billion budget. Paterson says the state legislature is not only being too slow in its budget negotiations, but also too secretive. Karen DeWitt has more from Albany.