Hey, Governor-elect Andrew Cuomo, here's some bad news: According to State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, the state budget deficit is about three times bigger than Governor Paterson and the State Legislature projected, weighing in at $1 billion, thanks to "rising Medicaid costs and slower-than-projected tax revenues." Even Paterson's budget director says that DiNapoli's estimate is "not outlandish" and warns Cuomo's team will face “continued difficult choices of perhaps a historic nature." Apparently state spending is four times the rate of revenues, and things are expected to get worse when there are no more federal stimulus funds.