Paterson vetoes popular AIDS, HIV housing bill

ALBANY - (AP) - New York Gov. David Paterson has vetoed abill that would limit the rent that welfare recipients with AIDSand the HIV virus could be charged.

The Democratic governor calls it "the hardest veto" he's everissued, but says the state can't afford the $20 million yearly theprogram would cost.

Advocates say the veto will force more people suffering fromAIDS and HIV into homelessness. They say the action also iscounterproductive because caring for these people is far moreexpensive in homeless shelters than in their homes.

But Paterson says the bill just represents the latest admirablecause that can't be funded during the state's continued fiscalcrisis.

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