Party lines tell tale in state budget vote

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ALBANY — The state Senate, voting along party lines, passed a budget blueprint Monday that leaves intact many of Gov. David Paterson’s cuts to education and health care but ignores a proposal to borrow $2 billion.

The resolution to move forward on the $136.2 billion plan still needs fine-tuning through joint Assembly-Senate committees. As of press time, the Assembly had not put forward its own resolution.

All 32 Senate Democrats voted for the resolution Monday afternoon, while 29 Republicans voted against it. (Sen. Tom Morahan, R-New City, remains out due to an illness.)

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