Governor Paterson warns of late state budget

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Governor David Paterson is warning that New
York's budget is likely to miss the April 1 deadline.

He says there is just too much to do and too little negotiation to get it done with just two weeks left before the 2010-11 fiscal year begins. He said the budget may be settled by the end of April.

But the Democratic governor says he can't tell how likely the Assembly and Senate are to change his proposed budget because he has yet to receive basic budget proposals from them.

Senate and Assembly leaders didn't immediately comment.

The leaders could try to negotiate a budget proposal without Paterson, but they would have to first reject his proposal. Paterson submitted a balanced budget proposal in January that included some spending cuts.

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