New York Governor Vetoes More Rent Relief for HIV/AIDS Patients
September 20, 2010
Gov. David A. Paterson, D-N.Y., has vetoed a bill to provide increased rent relief for more than 11,000 New Yorkers with HIV and AIDS.
Paterson's office announced the veto on Sunday, "saying the proposed law would strain the state's already imperiled finances because it was not clear where the money to pay for it would come from," The New York Times reports. "Mr. Paterson said he would support the bill if the Legislature spelled out how the costs, estimated by the State Budget Division at more than $20 million, would be covered. The measure would prevent people receiving housing assistance from the city's HIV/AIDS Services Administration from having to spend more than 30 percent of their income on rent. Despite the city's current subsidy, offered under a program it pays for along with the state, many low-income participants spend more than half of their income on rent" (Cardwell, 9/17).View Full Article
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