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(WSJ) — The Paterson administration, under mounting pressure from county governments owed hundreds of millions of dollars by the state, is promising local officials that Albany will wipe out a backlog of unpaid bills by the end of August.

The governor’s office made that assurance Monday as it sought to contain a revolt by county leaders, who have threatened to cut off their mandated weekly Medicaid payments to Albany unless the state rapidly cleared its debt to local governments.

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