Morning Read, Upstate: Reading the M.T.A.

The Times sides with David Paterson on the approach to the deficit, saying, “[T]he Legislature, in denial, is refusing to do the hard work that’s needed.”

“Education groups are looking to protect school districts and schoolchildren from the harm these cuts would cause,” said NYSUT spokesman Carl Korn on Paterson’s plan to stall payments.

Next on the chopping block: museums and other cultural institutions.

Paterson supports raising the charter-school cap.

Carl Campanile calls this a “dramatic reversal.”

The Capitol profiles Richard Ravitch, budget savior, “unaffiliated and smarter than your average Albany insider.

Ethics advocates are concerned he is asking foundations to fund his staff.

“It’s ludicrous that Spitzer would even consider running for public office again, and even more ludicrous that New Yorkers would vote for him,” said Kristin Davis, the madam who helped service Client 9. “But if he’s going to run, then so will I.”

Ed Cox is in a juggling act to build the Republican 2010 ticket.

Paterson will sign an order preventing discrimination against transgendered state employees.

The News says the M.T.A.’s deficit is the result of legislative inaction.

Michael Grynbaum suggests the M.T.A. proposed eliminating student Metrocards as a negotiating tactic.

Michael Bloomberg and Paterson are still thinking about tolls.

Nicole Gelinas says the answer is to cut labor costs.

New York has finally modernized its voting machines.

A poll shows New Yorkers are divided on same-sex marriage and how to restructure the legislature.

Bill Thompson is running strong against Kirsten Gillibrand, it shows.

The Shinnecock Nation is moving closer to federal recognition, which would let it build a casino.

O.C.F.S. Commissioner Gladys Carrion wants a report ripping New York’s juvenile justice system to be a “lever” for change.

New York released its energy plan.

Paterson sees the plan as helping to create jobs.

Unrelated: Pete Grannis v. Sarah Palin.

Paterson signed a foreclosure-prevention bill.

And below, State Senator Jeff Klein speaks at the signing ceremony:

Morning Read, Upstate: Reading the M.T.A.