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“Heads Up!” Budget Blame, Legal Rights for the Poor, and More

May 6, 2010 Leave a comment

Mayor’s Budget Would Cut Teaching Jobs, Fire Companies and Senior Centers (The New York Times)

Bloomberg vs. Paterson, Budget War (Capital Tonight)

Suit Challenging New York’s Public Defense System Can Proceed (The New York Times)

A Night Out With the H.I.V. Positive (The New York Times)


“Heads Up!” Paterson Offers Choice: Furloughs or Shutdown

May 4, 2010 Leave a comment

Gov. David A. Paterson said today that he would include his plan for furloughs for more than 100,000 state employees in his next emergency budget bill, The New York Times reported today:

By adding the furlough language to an emergency budget bill, he has raised the stakes considerably: Because New York’s Constitution severely limits the ability of the Legislature to amend budget bills, lawmakers may face a choice between approving the furloughs or rejecting the emergency bill and shutting down the state government.

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“Heads Up!” Budget Tug of War Continues

May 3, 2010 Leave a comment

“Heads Up!” Furlough Plan Dominates Talk on Budget

April 30, 2010 Leave a comment

“Motorists might face slightly longer lines at DMV offices, or at highway tolls,” Rick Karlin writes in the Albany Times Union, but Gov. Paterson’s plan for state workers to take a furlough day each week as budget negotiations drag on ” also appears to be designed to avoid major disruptions.”

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Lt. Gov. Weighs in on Budget Negotiations – “We’re Not Even Close”

April 29, 2010 Leave a comment

Speaking to several radio shows today, Governor David Paterson indicated that he plans to keep the recently announced furlough bill separate from the spending bill. This comes as concerns rose about the possibility that lumping the two together would result in a showdown with state legislators.

Meanwhile, Lt. Gov. Richard Ravitch spoke about the budget stalemate at an On/Off The Record breakfast hosted by The Capitol in Albany on Wednesday:

Lt. Gov. Richard Ravitch said he saw little hope for a budget deal in the near future, painted a grim picture of school districts in crisis if no resolution is reached by the time the state is expected to run out of cash in June, and pushed back on the idea that there is any distance between him and Paterson on these issues.

“[Paterson’s] primary concern, as is mine, is that we’re several weeks into a new fiscal year and we’re not even close to an agreement,” Ravitch said.

More State Budget News

Ravitch on the Budget: ‘We’re Not Even Close’ (The Wall Street Journal)
Governor criticized over plan to cut business tax credits (The Business Review (Albany))

Assembly Leader: No Vote on Paterson’s Budget

April 28, 2010 Leave a comment

New York state legislators are rejecting Gov. David Paterson’s demands and refusing to vote on his budget proposal, the Business Review reported today:

The state Assembly will not vote on Paterson’s budget today, said Assembly Majority Leader Ron Canestrari (D-Cohoes). The Assembly will hold session today, and then adjourn until May 3, as scheduled.

When asked if Paterson’s demanded budget vote is dead on arrival, Canestrari replied: “Yes.”

Meanwhile, the governor said he planned to put his plan for state employees to take a one-day furlough into the next budget extension bill. “Implementing a temporary furlough of unioned non-essential employees would realize an immediate cash savings” of $30 million a day, the governor wrote in a memo accompanying his bill, “and should not jeopardize public health and safety.”

Amid the Albany stalemate, Paterson also outlined a plan to save $620 million.

More State Budget News

Paterson Raises the Prospect of Furloughs (The New York Times)

Budget Director Explains Furlough Plan (Albany Times Union)

“Heads Up!” More Budget Extenders, Little Progress

April 26, 2010 Leave a comment

As reported by the Daily News today:

Today, the state Legislature will adopt a fourth budget extender that will keep government operating, but there’s little progress being reported toward a final spending plan that is now almost a month late.

Property tax relief is a mantra in Senate (Buffalo News)

What Are They Doing? (The New York Times)

A Better Chance (The New York Times)

Borrowing Our Way to Failure (Gov. Paterson op-ed in The New York Times)

City Budget News

At On/Off The Record Breakfast, Skyler’s Swansong (City Hall News)