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Governor proposes cuts in economic development, public protection and transportation

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Governor David Paterson

By Susan Arbetter

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Albany, NY – Governor David Paterson says he will propose additional cuts to economic development, public protection and transportation programs in a series a budget bills he's asking the Legislature to consider this week. He did not offer specifics. But if lawmakers reject them, Paterson says he will include the cuts in his next budget extender.

On the Capitol Pressroom on WBFO, Paterson also said he would support renewed efforts to collect state taxes on cigarette sales by Indian retailers. But he disputed revenue figures being offered by some legislators that such collections would total two billion dollars.

Paterson did say his next budget extender would not include deep cuts in education aid that he has been threatening.

Click the audio player above to hear Susan Arbetter's interview with Governor Paterson on the "Capitol Pressroom" now or use your podcasting software to download it to your computer or iPod.