ALBANY, NY ( WKBW ) The latest extender bill from Governor Paterson to keep government running includes roughly $300 million worth of cuts mainly to health care and welfare programs. Lawmakers are threatening to vote against it.
The weekly extender spending bills have been necessary for several weeks now to keep government operating since there is still no new state budget in place even though the budget was due weeks ago. Lawmakers have been unable to come to an agreement on a budget. If the latest extender bill is voted down on Monday many government functions could shut down including courts, unemployment offices, and parks and campgrounds.