Paterson Predicts ‘Phony’ Budget Numbers

David Paterson predicted his budget cuts will be exaggerated by critics and that lawmakers will put out “phony” revenue figures “to try to make it look like a budget.”

Right now, Paterson is fighting with state lawmakers who haven’t gone along with as many spending cuts as he wants, and who want to borrow money to keep the state afloat.

Speaking on WOR this morning
, Paterson, who served for two decades in the State Senate before becoming governor, made this prediction:

“You will see estimates of revenues that will be spun up to make it look like we are brining in revenues. You will see reassessments of my spending cuts to reflect more cuts than it really is. And you will see completely phony revenues put into the budget to try to make it look like a budget. And that’s why you find in September and October legislatures all around the country having to come back to their capitols to try and stop an out-year budget gap because they put phony numbers in the budget to try and make it work.”<!–

Paterson Predicts ‘Phony’ Budget Numbers