Lawmakers scoff at Paterson's education cuts

Long Island lawmakers are criticizing potential cuts to the state's education budget if Gov. David Paterson's deficit reduction plan is passed.

Paterson says it's inevitable that budget cuts will be made to put a dent into the state's $3.3 billion deficit.

"I signed up to do the dirty work," says Paterson, a Democrat. "I may not have liked it from this source, but I'll do it if I have to."

But state Sen. Craig Johnson (D-Port Washington) has suggested slashing workforce expenses instead of cutting school aid. Johnson says the workforce budget is bloated and it's where Paterson should turn first.

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