Governor Asks For More Cuts To Avoid Government Shutdown

September 27, 2013 Updated Jun 12, 2010 at 11:43 AM EDT

By John Borsa

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September 27, 2013 Updated Jun 12, 2010 at 11:43 AM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) -- Memos are circulation at state agencies, telling employees how to prepare for a possible shutdown.

State government will come to a grinding halt on Tuesday, if the Legislature fails to pass an emergency spending bill on Monday.

FOX 40 in Albany Saturday reports that the Governor continued to call for $327 million in spending cuts for mental health and human services, something that could leave Democrats one vote short of passing the bill to keep government running.

To get the spending measure through, at least some Republicans would have to align with democrats, something that is still uncertain at this point.

Local WNY members of the Legislature think a shutdown is unlikely.

State Senator Bill Stachowski (D-Lake View) telling Channel 7's John Borsa that it looks like lawmakers are just days away from finalizing the budget, which is now ten weeks overdue.

"Lots of movement and hopefully we can continue the momentum and get it finished," said Stachowski.

An Albany insider telling Eyewitness News Saturday he doesn't think the government will shut down, noting there are no taxes in the extender lawmakers released, and the two Republican Senators from the Albany area will likely vote "Yes" due to the large numbers of New York State workers there.

Eyewitness News will monitor activity in Albany, and the impact the budget crisis is having here at home.