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(New York Times) — Gov. David A. Paterson said on Tuesday that he would seek legislative approval to begin furloughing state workers one day per week, saying that the refusal by their unions to reopen their contracts or accept other concessions on pay and benefits amid New York’s fiscal crisis left him little choice.

Administration officials also said Mr. Paterson would consider including the furlough language in an emergency budget bill, setting up a major showdown with the Legislature and their union allies: Because such emergency bills are extremely difficult to amend, lawmakers would face the choice of consenting to furloughs or allowing the government to shut down.

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