Paterson Orders Delaying 10 Percent Of School Aid

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New York Governor David Paterson is ordering 10 percent of state aid payments to schools and local governments be delayed because the state is one-billion-dollars short of its obligations due to be paid Tuesday.

Paterson blamed the Legislature for failing to address the full deficit of $4 billion in the extraordinary session he held for more than three weeks earlier this month.

The Legislature refused to cut any school aid midyear. School officials contended the midyear cut would force layoffs and hurt instruction.

Now Paterson says schools, hospitals, local governments and nonprofit groups will have to face a 10 percent cut across the board.

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