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As the state faces nearly $8B in debt, conservatives propose deep cuts to public spending

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New York State begins the New Year nearly broke, and with plenty of challenges ahead. One think tank is offering some answers to get the state out of its financial bind.

A new report from the Empire Center for New York State Policy lists specific--and often politically dicey--proposals, including canceling millions of dollars in unused pork-barrel spending. Some of the initiatives would hit public workers. The center proposes a wage freeze for teachers and state workers, and caps on school aid and Medicaid spending. It also proposes selling state-owned golf courses and ski resorts as well as its off-track betting agencies.

The report comes just as the governor is preparing to deliver his state of the state address, opening the new legislative session tomorrow. Karen DeWitt has more.

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Karen DeWitt
NYS Capitol Correspondent

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