ALBANY - (AP) - New York's leaders have turned to the salestax on clothing and other taxes and fees to balance a budget theyare still developing after missing an April 1 deadline.

Two state officials said one of the so-called 'revenue raisers'under discussion would increase the state sales tax on clothing.One of the officials said the proposal includes three or fourtax-free clothes shopping periods each year, including beforeschool begins in the fall and at the December holidays. Current lawexempts purchases of footwear and clothing under $110 from thestate's 4 percent sales tax.

The officials spoke on the condition of anonymity because of thesensitivity of the talks. No other details were immediatelyavailable.

Democratic Gov. David Paterson told reporters