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State agencies under Paterson may see more cuts

State agencies under Gov. David A. Paterson's control may be in for another round of spending cuts to help close the budget deficit.

Their expenditures were slashed twice last year, totaling 10 percent. They also are in the midst of buying out employees and eliminating vacant jobs.

Paterson so far hasn't disclosed his plan for wiping out $2.1-billion in red ink. But in Niagara Falls last week, he hinted that state agencies could be on the chopping block. "We may have to do it again . . . and then see if the legislature can help us after that," he said.

Paterson also wouldn't rule out unpaid furloughs for state workers, a tool used by California, New Jersey and others. "We would want to avoid it but in the future not knowing what the consequences would be, I wouldn't take anything off the table."

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