Albany, NY – New York is set to begin its third week without a budget. Lawmakers approved yet another round of emergency spending extenders, but not without some complaints, as Senate Democrats considered new ways of gaining much needed revenue through a series of new fees on cars, boats, and houses.
Governor Paterson sent the legislature a third set of austerity spending measures aimed at keeping the state running for another week, until April 25th.
Oswego, NY – Governor Paterson's proposed cuts in school aid hit Cayuga county the hardest among all of New York's counties. An analysis shows that Cayuga county schools' aid cuts are 90% worse than the state average.
In fact, every upstate county but one suffers cuts that are above average. While every downstate, New York City or Long Island county enjoys cuts that are below average.
Rick Timbs of The Statewide School Finance Consortium said that it is simply not fair.