Gov. Patterson Seeks Cuts in
Medicaid and Education
"Drastic" budget woes
Governor David Patterson says he will seek
billions of dollars in cuts to Medicaid as well as reductions to
school aid to combat New York Stateís budgetary woes.
In an interview with the New York Times, Patterson
described the cuts as ìdrastic.î
There was no word on
if the budget cuts would directly affect funding of Cornellís
state schools or would cut tuition aid for new Yorkers. Cornell
has already taken proactive steps to cut spending in response to
the nationwide economic recession.
The 2009 budget for
New York State has a 1.5 billion dollar budgetary gap. Governor
Patterson has called lawmakers back for an emergency session
starting on November 18th to figure out funding to close the gap
for this fiscal year.
The news, however, only gets
worse: the budget for the next fiscal year will need to deal with
a 12.5 Billion dollar