Gov. Paterson gives lawmakers ultimatum
Gov. David Paterson says he's been left with no other choice but to propose mandatory unpaid furloughs for state workers since unions are unwilling to make sacrifices.
Under Paterson's plan, some 100,000 state employees will work one day a week without pay until lawmakers pass a budget. If his proposal is rejected, the governor says New York's government will shut down.
In the past, Paterson has proposed a sales tax on sugary drinks and other measures to help pass a balanced budget, which is more than a month overdue.
Paterson will submit his furlough legislation by the end of the week. If passed, it could by in place by next Monday.