Paterson: Perilous present, hopeful future

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. David Paterson’s first State of the State was a pep talk for lawmakers and voters to persevere through tough fiscal times he insisted were only temporary.

“We must sacrifice what we want today so that we can pay for what we need tomorrow,” Paterson said. “But this must be a shared sacrifice — we must all share the pain. And we should always keep our eyes on our brighter future.”

After months of alerting all who would listen that the state’s economic woes were serious, Paterson took the opportunity Wednesday to make a tempered encouragement. Hailing the state’s strong work force, university system, research science and trademark New York confidence, Paterson said the state is well-equipped to emerge from the global financial meltdown.

“We knew the bad news,” said Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, a Long Island Democrat. He noted Paterson delivered his $121.1 billion budget proposal in December — a month early — full of spending cuts and tax and fee increases to combat an estimated $15 billion deficit over two years. Usually, the State of the State speech comes before the budget presentation.

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