New York Gov. Orders Delay of 10 Percent of School Aid
New York Gov. David Paterson on Sunday ordered that 10 percent of state aid payments to schools and local governments be delayed, accusing legislators of being irresponsible and asleep on the job.
The Democrat blamed the need to delay payments on the Legislature's failure to cut spending to schools and health care, which are protected by Albany's most powerful special interests. As a result, he said the state is projected to fall $1 billion short of the sum needed to pay bills due Tuesday.
For New Yorkers, the delays could mean restrictions on social services for the poor and working poor provided through counties and cities, reduced programs at schools, threats of layoffs at schools, and potentially higher local property taxes if schools and municipalities have to borrow...
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