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Gov. Paterson went into full doomsday mode Thursday, warning of chaos and anarchy in the streets if the government shuts down.
"It would create unimaginable chaos around the state and the greater metropolitan area," Paterson said on WCBS Radio 880 this morning.
Paterson warned that the state would run out of money to pay its workforce - including troopers and correction officers - and eventually would not even be able to put gas in state vehicles.
Even stop-gap measures, such as the state Controller issuing IOUs, would work for only so long.
"Eventually the banks aren't going
It is unlikely the U.S. economy will take a turn for the worse and slip back into recession, top economists and investment strategists said this week.
New York State government could shut down next week for the first time ever. This week, his spending bill included $385 million in cuts to health care. Paterson's plan for next week is expected to include a $1 per pack tax on cigarettes.
The past three weeks, not a single republican has voted yes on the bills. Now two democratic state senators are threatening to vote against this extender.
If that's the case when lawmakers vote Monday, state government could shut down, unless one or more republicans votes for the bill.
If it fails, courtrooms, unemployment offices, highway rest stops and the state terrorism hot line could all close.
"That is not a sound bite. That is not a joke. Shutting down government means there is no one to pay the prison guards, no one to pay the state police, no one to pay the emergency workers," said Paterson.