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Stormy times in Albany: governor's budget due

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Gov. David Paterson will send his budget to the legislature tomorrow. Despite the administration's attempts to keep control of the bad news, details are leaking out. After opposing higher taxes for months, the governor wants to increase several taxes, from gasoline to clothing. Although Paterson won't seek to raise income tax rates, budget spokesman Jeffrey Gordon says he will eliminate legal exemptions he considers income tax "loop holes." Paterson's staff said the budget will include proposals to increase the welfare grant, while making government subsidized insurance available to more of the working poor. The governor projects deficits will total $47 billion over three years. The current budget is about $120 billion. Martha Foley spoke with capitol correspondent Karen DeWitt about the budget, disarray among Democrats in the state Senate, and the difficult days ahead in Albany.

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