The state budget could be a difficult document to put together this year, Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday told reporters in Syracuse.

The budget deficit as it stands now could be as high as $4.6 billion, based on an estimate by the state comptroller’s office. The deficit could grow even higher by the time the budget is expected pass in late March.

“You’ll get different estimates of what the economy is going to do because they’re all looking into a crystal ball let’s be honest,” Cuomo said. “But there’s no doubt the state will have a deficit.”

If spending stays capped at 2 percent as it has been during previous Cuomo budget proposals, the deficit shrinks to $1.7 billion.

“The budget is not going to be an easy budget and we’re going to have find additional savings in the budget,” he said. “That’s clear, no matter whose numbers you use. I’m also confident we can get it done.”