New York Governor Paterson Presses Lawmakers for `Up-or-Down' Budget Vote

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David Paterson, governor of New York, speaks to the media outside the White House in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 22, 2010.

New York Governor David Paterson said he would ask state lawmakers for a “simple up-or-down” vote on his proposed executive budget for the year that began April 1.

If they don’t pass the plan, Paterson said he would ask the Legislature to convene five days a week, instead of three, until they reach an agreement.

“If the Legislature does not stay in Albany to pass a budget, I will be forced to consider all of my options at that time, including compelling them to stay,” Paterson said in a statement today.

Paterson said he plans to ask for a one-day-a-week furlough of about 100,000 state workers to lower labor costs by $30 million a week.

New York, the third most-populous U.S. state, may sell cash-management notes or delay paying bills to cope with a cash shortage in the first week of June, Robert Megna, the state’s budget director, said today. Earlier this month, he said the state faced a $1 billion shortage in its cash balance.

To contact the reporters on this story: Michael Quint in Albany, New York, at mquint@bloomberg.net; Pete Young in New York at pyoung13@bloomberg.net

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