In an effort to cope with a lingering financial crisis, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo will push for a one-year salary freeze for state workers and a cap on spending.
The new governor will unveil details of his proposed "emergency financial reinvention plan" Wednesday during his first State of the State address, administration officials told New York's Daily News
The state is facing a $10 billion budget deficit. As a candidate, Cuomo promised one of his main objectives would be to get Albany's financial house in order.
reported any wage freeze would have to be negotiated with state employee unions, many of whose contracts expire April 1. Up to 130,000 workers at state agencies would be affected. The move would not require legislative approval.
"The governor said during his campaign that the difficult financial times call for shared sacrifice," a senior administration official told The New York Times
. "A salary freeze is obviously a difficult thing for many government workers, but it's necessary if the state is going to live within its means."
The Times estimates the freeze could put up to $400 million dollars back into the state budget.
Cuomo will also oppose any new taxes and call for a limit on property tax increases, according to the Daily News.
The governor will deliver the speech Wednesday afternoon in Albany before about 2,500 people, including state officials, the media and members of the public.