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.

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