Paterson suggests furloughs to help close gap
Gov. David Paterson has a new plan to end the state budget deadlock by forcing workers to take a leave.
Paterson is demanding lawmakers place 100,000 state employees on mandatory furloughs for one day a week until a budget is passed.
The move could save the state $30 million a week.
The furloughs have been written into an emergency funding bill that may come up for a vote in a couple of weeks. The state has to approve the bill so it can keep the state government running in the absence of a real budget.
The governor also wants lawmakers to stay in Albany every weekday until they vote on his spending plan.