Paterson: OK, Let Me Cut the Budget Myself
The lawmakers are skeptical, to say the least ("What's next, martial law?" says assemblyman Rory Lancman), but politically at least it makes sense for Paterson. He's been trying to distance himself from these yo-yos for a long time, and their inevitable rejection of his proposal will be yet another indicator that he's serious about making cuts and they're not. Of course, it also plays into his image as an incompetent buffoon.
But it's hard to say what else he could try, short of actual martial law, which is beginning to look better and better.