Governor David Paterson met with legislative leaders Wednesday morning, and yet again, there's no agreement in sight for New York to close its $9.2 billion budget gap. Now, the governor says he'll take matters into his own hands if lawmakers don't start making tough decisions. Paterson says he'll start making budget cuts in his extender bills starting next week.
"Each day we delay passing the budget, we're only adding to our problems," said Paterson. "We'll take action. We'll start taking the agreements and even disagreements and start putting them into the emergency appropriations and start balancing this budget now."
This latest announcement follows the governor's plan to cut thousands of state jobs by January 2011. According to the governor, the layoffs would save $250 million.