Gov. Paterson hosts budget talk in Albany

Gov. David Paterson (D-N.Y.) met with local lawmakers yesterday to discuss the state budget, now more than six weeks overdue.

Last week, a judge temporarily blocked Paterson's plan to furlough 100,000 state employees to help close a potential $9 billion budget gap.

Paterson is reportedly considering laying off around 10,000 state workers if unions don't agree to some concessions.

Paterson said while the budget stalemate continues, he would operate the state on weekly emergency spending bills. However, he said he'd rather have the Legislature finally agree on more spending cuts.

The governor added that he may force lawmakers to skip their state political conventions so they may pass a budget.

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