Reprieve for NY State
This is the 11th emergency spending bill put in place pending a final budget agreement, due ten weeks ago.
The spending plan, which passed in the State Senate 34–27, cuts more than $327 million in mental health programs and other social services.
Approval of this latest installment of emergency spending has enabled legislators to close over $1 billion of New York’s $9.2 billion deficit.
According to Governor Paterson, a final budget agreement is far from reach and the possibility of a halt in New York State government still exists.
Brenda Jeanne Wyche is Managing Editor of The Black Star News and Harlem Business News.
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