Paterson To Initial Over 6,000 Vetoes
June 28th, 2010
If Gov. David Paterson didn’t have carpel tunnel syndrome before he is sure likely well on his way to acquiring the ailment now. Paterson has to initial 6,900 times because he is vetoing every line of spending added to his budget proposal by the legislature. The first to get the axe was the legislature’s addition of $419 million in education aid–$177 million of which would have gone to city schools.
“I never take any joy in vetoing education money, health care, services for the poor and the indigent,” said Paterson at a press conference this evening. “It breaks my heart to do this. The only reason I’m am doing this is because I think that otherwise we are proverbially kicking the can down the road and creating a greater problem.” Paterson said he is still open to negotiations with the legislature.
The legislature can attempt to override the vetoes but it seems unlikely the Senate will be able to muster the percentage of votes it needs to accomplish the task, being that every Republican voted against the budget agreement.
The office of Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver issued this statement:
“The budget passed by the Legislature would dramatically reduce state spending, restore funding for our schools and maintain our fundamental commitment to ensuring that SUNY and CUNY remain affordable for all New Yorkers.
Our financial plan is consistent with the plan the Governor proposed in his latest emergency bill, and provides adequate revenue to fund these critical restorations.
The Governor’s decision to veto these bills will mean larger classes, higher property taxes and more expensive tuition for SUNY and CUNY students.”By David King on June 28, 2010, 10:20 pm
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