Lawmakers shelve state budget until after holiday weekend
? The state budget is already three months late and officials say it is being put off until after the holiday weekend.
Last night the state Senate shelved the final budget bill.
Democrats say they need a back-up plan in case the state does not get the Medicaid funding it wants from Washington.
Gov. Paterson is vetoing thousands of budget bills that increase spending.
Lawmakers are expected to finalize a nearly $136 billion budget sometime next week.