NY lawmakers meet over budget cuts

November 18, 2008 11:15:33 AM PST
Gov. David Paterson and New York's legislative leaders are staging a public meeting, but there are no signs of any deals on proposals to cut $2 billion in state spending. Paterson is pushing midyear cuts in school aid growth, health care and other funding in the face of fierce opposition from Albany's most powerful lobbying forces, led by teachers and other public employee unions.

Outside the Capitol, more than 1,000 demonstrators marched in the cold Tuesday to protest Paterson's plan, which includes reduced funding for services to the homeless, immigrants and other programs.

Paterson projects $47 billion in deficits over the next three years because of the meltdown on Wall Street and what he describes as years of overspending by the state to benefit special interests.

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