Gov. David Paterson says the state Legislature’s inaction so far on essential spending cuts is embarrassing and more than irresponsible.
In a brief news conference, the Democrat says the Republican-led Senate and Democrat-led Assembly haven’t yet agreed to any spending cuts ahead of Tuesday’s emergency economic session.
He says that will boost the deficit he’s projecting for the 2009-2010 fiscal year from $12.5 billion to $15 billion.
Albany’s powerful special interests — including teachers’ unions and other public employee unions — have fought Paterson’s proposed cuts.
Paterson blames years of overspending by state government, exacerbated by Wall Street’s meltdown, for the fiscal crisis that includes a projected $2 billion deficit this fiscal year.