Friday, June 11, 2010

Cash-poor NY state may issue IOUs like California

(Reuters) - Cash-poor New York state might have to pay its bills with IOUs next week to avoid the "anarchy in the streets" that could result from a government shutdown, Governor David Paterson said on Thursday.

It's a political variation of "Hotel California," a game the Democratic governor doesn't particularly want to play.
Like California, which last year issued $2.6 billion of IOUS during a lengthy budget battle, New York might have to pay its bills this way for the first time since the 1980s because the Legislature has not enacted a $135 billion budget more than two months after the deadline.

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