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If they really disagree, they shut down the government

Cuomo says he'll get his budget, "one way or the other"

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State lawmakers say they hope to have a budget no later than this weekend. So a budget could be passed as early as next Monday or Tuesday. Governor Cuomo isn't ruling out the possibility of imposing a budget next week if there's no budget deal. The Governor, saying he'll get his budget priorities achieved "one way or the other", delivered a blunt message to the legislature, which has less than ten days to reject or accept the governor's spending plan.

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Karen DeWitt
NYS Capitol Correspondent

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Cuomo made his most explicit threats to the state legislature to date, saying he's going to do "whatever it takes" to implement the budget cuts that he promised during his campaign. Cuomo says if he has to, he'll use a "new option", first employed by former Governor David Paterson during last year's budget battle. Cuomo says he'll place all of his budget plans in a spending extender, if the deadline is missed, then dare lawmakers to accept the budget or shutter the government.

"If they really disagree, they shut down the government," said Cuomo.

The governor, who said less than a week ago that the budget agreement could perhaps even come early, backed away from the goal of an on time budget, saying that his priority now is having a "good budget".

Sticking points with the Senate and Assembly remain, including school funding and proposed prison closures.

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