ALBANY, NY ( WTEN / WKBW ) The ABC station in Albany, WTEN is reporting that Governor David Paterson's latest budget extender is out, and this one appears to be the most dramatic yet.
It includes a number of proposals to help close New York State's $9.2 billion budget gap without any borrowing. That means cuts to education and higher education, and some controversial ways to raise money that you'd notice the next time you go shopping.
There is no soda tax in the extender bill, but the 4 percent tax exemption on clothing and shoes under $110 would be gone as of October 1.
"We tried to design this extender to be as close as possible to where we know legislative positions to where we've been discussing with them, and we think we are pretty close," said budget director Robert Megna.
The extender includes $1.2 billion in cuts to education.
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