Wednesday, March 30, 2016

County Association leader calls some state budget plans "bad public policy"

A Statement by New York State Association of Counties President William A. Cherry on the State Budget Proposal to  make local taxpayers fund Medicaid growth and increases in minimum wage

"The connection between the new proposal for $250 million in Medicaid efficiencies to be undertaken by NYC and the counties tied to the enactment of minimum wage is bad public policy. The state's reliance on the local tax base has proven to be a loser for the local taxpayer for decades with the end result being the highest local taxes in the nation. County leaders strongly oppose this proposal advanced by the Governor and urge the Legislature to reject it in its entirety. Acting in haste to secure an "on time budget" at the expense of local taxpayers is a disservice to the people of New York and will have long term negative consequences."
The New York State Association of Counties is a bipartisan municipal association serving the counties of New York State. Organized in 1925, NYSAC's mission is to represent, educate and advocate for member counties.