Paterson predicts rejection of many school budgets

(AP) - Gov. David Paterson has scheduled the firstpublic budget meeting in months for later this morning, withprivate budget talks stalled and the possibility of

ALBANY - (AP) - Gov. David Paterson has scheduled the firstpublic budget meeting in months for later this morning, withprivate budget talks stalled and the possibility of one of thelatest budgets in years.

Paterson said Monday that he may have to lay off state workersbecause of the fiscal crisis, and he predicts that many localschool budgets will be defeated today as the public insists onspending cuts.

Earlier this year in New Jersey, 59 percent of the state'sschool districts rejected property tax levies.

A lack of a 2010-11 budget that was due April 1 has delayedpayments to schools and funding for state construction projects,local governments and nonprofit groups that carry out socialservices.

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