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Paterson Still Not Looking For Popularity Points
February 25th, 2010

Remember in December when Gov. David Paterson withheld $750 million in aid payments to schools and local governments and lots of folks got steaming mad? Well, it looks like he is going to do it again. State Budget Director Robert Megna announced today during the Economic and Revenue Forecasting Conference that Paterson plans to withhold $1.4 billion worth of payments due in March.

Megna said the move is necessary to keep the cash-strapped state fiscally solvent. It is not yet clear who is going to have to wait for their cash.

Paterson has already made it known that he is considering the ultra-unpopular move of delaying state income tax refunds in an effort to hold on to some cash. Legislators have already voiced their displeasure. Paterson’s move has even fostered some rarely-seen bipartisan cooperation. This week, the Senate unanimously passed a resolution recommending Paterson not withhold refunds.

Democratic Assemblyman Richard Brodsky and Republican Sen. George Winner are working together to pass a resolution that would require the state issue tax refunds within 30 days of being received by the tax department.

“This has been a bi-partisan effort since 2005 and has gained support in reaction to the recently proposed withholding of income tax refunds,” said a statement from Brodsky’s office. “The time has come for immediate resolution of this problem.”

By on February 25, 2010, 6:25 pm
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2 Responses to “Paterson Still Not Looking For Popularity Points”

  1. JAVSnyc Says:
    February 26th, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    Governor Paterson,

    Your politics are neither left nor right. You are just wrong for New York in any light.

    You asked state employees to take a pay cut and give your staff raises. You asked forgiveness for past sins with women and drugs and involve yourself in backroom deals with AEG. You asked for the police to not involve themselves in political affairs and interfere in the investigation of your advisor. You asked to penalize the drinking of soda in the name of health and sought new taxes on gyms and personal trainers.

    Now again, you seek to take money from our pockets, sap strength from our economy and steal food from our table. By raising the cost of soda by 50%, are you hoping that NY will start drinking more cheap booze? Are you hoping that the beer-goggles can elect you to your own term as governor?

    Are you just the front for special interest thievery? Is the two million from SEIU 1099 to support of the soda tax the going price for selling out New York?

    When I travel across the state, I see communities suffering Governor Paterson, in the end you ring false.

  2. Ralf Says:
    November 24th, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    I have read somewhere . don’t rleacl where it might not even be relevant that if you were in default on student loans that you had to be out-of-default for at least 3 years before you could qualify againI don’t know if that means you have to show that you pay them on-time for 3 years or if paying them off through garnishments counts and if it does, then does that mean you have to wait 3 years after it is paid off . I just really don’t knowI would strongly suggest you talk with the Fin Aid office at the school you wish to attend

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