Paterson: State budget will be passed by June 28
(AP) - Gov. David Paterson has given New York'sLegislature a deadline of June 28 for adopting a state budget.
"I'm not threatening anyone," Paterson said Wednesday. "I'mjust making a promise."
The governor said that if lawmakers don't adopt the 2010-11budget by June 28, he'll put all remaining spending and revenueitems in upcoming emergency spending bills. He said that will allowlocal governments, school districts and nonprofit groups tocalculate their funding and lawmakers to go home for the summer.
"It's time to set a deadline," Paterson told the fourlegislative leaders at a public meeting Wednesday. "So we will beout of here. You can plan your schedules."
Lawmakers would have the choice of approving the emergencyspending bills or idling state workers and shutting downnonessential services. They have had the same choice and approvedsimilar measures each week since April 1, when this fiscal year'sbudget was due and the old budget expired.
The last two short-term spending bills settled this year'sbudgets for state parks, the Environmental Protection Fund, healthcare and social services. The next one will include about $100million in cuts and the annual budgets for public protection,economic development and transportation, unless legislators approvethat bill separately this week.