Paterson on the Budget ‘Solution’

ALBANY—Yes, it looks like there’s a budget deal.

Legislators will consider a $2.8 billion package today–that contains no cuts to school aid–and David Paterson will try to go further, holding up several payments to local governments.

“I do think if I go beyond what the legislature does, then that will be the solution that will keep us out of the state where we are spending money that we don’t have,” Paterson said this morning on WCBS 880. He said of the legislative package, that “it’s an agreement that isn’t recurring, and isn’t particularly real.”

“What I’m offering to do is to make the cuts myself, which has been tried unsuccessfully in the past,” Paterson said.