ALBANY Gov. David A. Paterson proposed what would be the largest cut to school aid in more than two decades and nearly $1 billion in new or increased taxes and fees as he unveiled his budget on Tuesday, a plan that is sure to touch off fierce opposition in the Legislature. Governor Paterson Seeks $1 Billion More in Taxes and Fees for New York - NYTimes.com After giving this a little thought, I have come to the conclusion that from a fiscal standpoint what choice does the state have other than cut even more services such as police and fire. It does seem to add fuel to the argument that adding attional mandates to states in the form of healthcare will result in even more such proposals. What I also find interesting here is that the Govt. has spend literally millions in wasted projects, in the name of Stimulus, and it would seem to me that if you really wanted to stimuluate anything you would want to invest in young people i.e. schools and qualified teachers rather than saving turtles and marsh mice.