Gov. Paterson: Pass a budget or I will

Gov. David Paterson (D-N.Y.) issued another ultimatum to lawmakers today to pass the state budget, which is more than 80 days late.

Paterson says if the Legislature fails to act by Monday, state universities may be given the power to set their own tuition rates. Students at SUNY Farmingdale worry the school would hike tuition at a time when many of them are struggling to pay.

The governor also said collecting sales tax on some clothing purchases may be considered to get a budget in place.

Earlier Friday, Paterson threatened to bring back a plan to tax sugary drinks, as well as revive plans for wine sales in supermarkets and higher court fees.

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