Morning Read, Upstate: Paterson Reflects, Budget Process Closes

David Paterson thinks its important to act, not react.

Taxes on clothing, soda, and iTunes are out of the state budget.

The three men in the room plan to stay in there, much to the chagrin of open government advocates.

Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos says that’s “unfortunate.”

David Paterson told the Democrat & Chronicle editorial board that budget lobbying is “an orgy of self-centered conduct that shows no appreciation for a budget deficit.” The reaction to him at a town hall was mixed.

The race between Jim Tedisco and Scott Murphy is now a “pure toss up,” according to Rothenberg.

The candidates differ on the issue of merit pay.

Andrew Cuomo says Merrill Lynch misled Congress about bonuses.

The M.T.A. board has an emergency meeting tomorrow as a rescue package for the authority is stalled in Albany.

Rich Baum tells the Commission on Public Integrity that the use of state planes would be equally embarrassing to Joe Bruno and the Spitzer administration.

Some proposals would give state workers more time off.

The NYCLU is mapping the effects of drug laws.

Buffalo Pundit posted some of them.

The Elmira Star-Gazette thinks drug policies should be debated independently, not during the budget process.

Strip club patrons oppose a proposed tax on leisure activities.

State Senator Roy McDonald opens a district office in Troy.

Democrats take the State Insurance Fund.

Representative Dan Maffei meets with President Obama.

And below, a video from the NYCLU pushing for drug law reform:

Morning Read, Upstate: Paterson Reflects, Budget Process Closes