Paterson Seeks Second Budget Extension

Thursday, April 08, 2010

With the New York state budget a week overdue Governor David Paterson says he's issuing another round of emergency spending measures.

Paterson says, with no budget agreement in the foreseeable future, he's working on another bare bones budget extender to take the state through the remainder of April. He says, by issuing an austerity spending plan, he hopes legislators would get the message that the state is out of money and that business cannot continue as usual.

"We're not in a sense giving the option that we can go on and on without addressing this situation because we have unprecedented financial problems in this period in our history than we've had before," Paterson says.

Paterson would not answer when asked if any more meetings with legislative leaders were planned, but he said he was annoyed by what he called excuses and distractions.

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