State Prisons and Medicaid to Face Cuts in Cuomo Budget

February 1, 2011  |  

(New York Times) — Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo will seek to cut more than 3,000 prison beds, roll back scheduled spending increases on Medicaid and education by billions of dollars and make steep reductions to state operations, a move likely to lead to the loss of thousands of state jobs, according to people briefed on the budget he will unveil on Tuesday.  On Monday, Mr. Cuomo also said there would need to be fundamental changes to automatic spending increases that have long been programmed into future budgets, making it more difficult for governors to reduce spending in recent years despite shrinking revenues.

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