As the Assembly chamber takes a step toward becoming a Starbucks by offering a free WiFi hotspot (and really, we do need more of those) Assemblyman Jim Tedisco is renewing his call for a paperless chamber.

“This is a step in the right direction and it certainly is confirmation that my message of the need for New York State government to save taxpayers money and reduce our state’s carbon footprint is resonating,” Tedisco said in a statement. “Now that the Assembly has gone Wi-Fi, now’s the time for it to go digital and burn the paper.”

“When you consider the costs of all this wasteful printing to taxpayers and the environment, now that the Assembly has gone Wi-Fi, it’s obvious that going digital just makes ‘cents,’” he added.

Tedisco has been pushing a bill that would eliminate the paper waste produced by the Legislature, even standing in front of a giant stack of budget books during the spending plan debate.

The Saratoga Republican says the measure would save the state $13 million in printing costs.