Governor David Paterson (right), fighting with the Legislature to get a budget — now 84 days late — in place, still is pushing his demand for a penny-per-ounce increase in the tax on sugary beverages, and still wants to expand to grocery stores the right to sell wines.
Paterson has set a Monday deadline for final budget agreement. Otherwise, he said, he will present an emergency budget then which will include many of the controversial revenue-raising provisions his political opponents have battled.
If the Legislature does not go along with Paterson, their only option would be to allow state government operations to shut down due to lack of funding.
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan) dismissed the new deadline in his usual imperious style.
“There is no deadline,” he said. “The [budget] deadline was April 1. Obviously we didn’t make that deadline. That’s the only deadline I know.”
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