Paterson adds property tax cap to budget talks

No state budget deal is expected beforeThursday's deadline as the Legislature plans to take itsPassover-Easter break. With all sides far apart, Gov. David Paterson on Sunday addedyet another element while taking lawmakers to task. Patersonmounted a last-ditch effort to cap the growth of some of thenation's highest property taxes. Legislative leaders are scheduled to meet privately withlawmakers again through Sunday evening. But with the last publicproposals $1 billion apart, the only firm plan is for the Senate togive final legislative approval of an emergency spending planMonday, then leave Albany. Paterson struck religious themes in radio interviews Sunday inwhich he urged lawmakers to honor the Jewish and Christiantraditions of self-sacrifice and making the hard budget decisions.

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