Morning Read, Upstate: The Budget Fight Winds Up

Barack Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize.

David Paterson asked lawmakers for their ideas to bridge the deficit.

Their responses were wildly non-committal.

Legislative per diems, however, are rising.

Eleven legislators are going to China on a trade mission.

That includes the leadership of the State Senate, which will be there and not responding to the governor’s call to develop ideas to bridge the deficit.

Paterson said the state can’t afford the $25.8 billion in funding for roads and bridges that the Department of Transportation wants.

This also means about $10 billion in capital funding will not be going to the M.T.A.

Some see it as “bait” to try to get legislators to the table and deal with the budget deficit.

Andrew Cuomo wants a panel to oversee the state pension fund.

Some state senators joined him in announcing legislation at the Tweed Courthouse. Assembly members did not.

State Senator Diane Savino also has concerns about the bill.

At a Republican dinner, Rudy Giuliani called Paterson “irresponsible.”

He wouldn’t say if he would run against Paterson; he says he’s still waiting until after the election.

The House Ethics Panel is expanding its probe of Charlie Rangel, after Republicans pressured him to leave his committee chairmanship.

The Times says it’s time for someone in Congress to stand up and show they have ethical standards.

The Post says Darren Dopp should have been more severely punished.

Hiram Monserrate is not taking the stand in his felony assault trial.

“But this is not the forum to make speeches,” said Joseph Tacopina, his attorney.

Bill Clinton will help Bill Owens raise money.

John McHugh is mulling how big to make the Army.

Representatives Maurice Hinchey and Mike Arcuri are fighting for money for Cornell.

Assemblyman Rory Lancman wants David Paterson to sign his bill requiring more notice be given when hospitals are slated to close.

And below, a DCCC ad attacking Dede Scozzafava’s use of Empire Zones:

Morning Read, Upstate: The Budget Fight Winds Up