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Budget on time but not on target

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On-time budgets are the new normal in New York state, thanks to politically astute and ambitious Gov. Andrew Cuomo. But an assist is probably also in order for his immediate predecessor, David Paterson, who forced the Legislature’s hand three years ago when he inserted deep spending cuts in the routine “extender” bills that have to get passed to keep the government running during budget stalemates. Paterson knew the Legislature wouldn’t abide a shutdown, and thus ...


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