2008_11_paterson10.jpgThe state's fiscal crisis is so dire that Governor Paterson confirmed he "would almost certainly seek billions of dollars in cuts to Medicaid, as well as midyear reductions in school aid," according to the NY Times. Paterson said, "There’ll be protests, and because of the drastic nature of the cuts, those who protest will have very valid points, for which I don’t have any answer, other than ‘What’s your idea?’ We’re not going to close a $12.5 billion deficit with 5 percent cuts to health and education.” Unions (and the Republicans) are likely to fight the cuts, but Paterson said he was ready to take drastic measures, "I don’t need a protest for it to bother me; I used to fight for some of these causes... I'll feel pain in my stomach but my conscience will be clear."