Budget Woes Ahead

Seemingly every day the fiscal outlook of New York State worsens. Now it appears the state may start getting serious about dealing with the problem – and not “serious” in the Albany way that declares a budget with 5 percent growth to be “bare bones.”

Governor Paterson is calling for a $12 billion spending reduction next year, an immediate hiring freeze and further cuts at state agencies. To do all this Paterson will need to address the addiction to pork barrel spending.

Accelerating the usual process and contributing to the sense of urgency, Governor Paterson has given agency commissioners until May 15 to come up with reduction plans in their departments.

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