State budget cuts step over dollars to save dimes


With a budget deficit anticipated to reach $47 billion over the next four years, the state legislature and Paterson administration are pursuing ways to avoid New York finding itself in the same mess that California is in. Unfortunately, it seems that their solutions often side-step practicality without truly trimming much off the deficit. Case in point is the various attempts to save money by slashing popular programs under the public outdoors umbrella. These aren’t the big dollar “pork” budget items, but rather those that tend to impact the general public, especially those of us who enjoy outdoor activities.

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