June 27, 2017
ALBANY, NY – Assemblyman Joe Errigo issued the following statement, about Governor Andrew Cuomo’s idea of passing a “Faso-Collins Federal Tax”:
Assemblyman Joseph A. Errigo (R,C,I,Ref-Conesus) criticized Gov. Cuomo’s intent to hike taxes on New Yorkers if Congressmen Collins and Faso’s amendment to the federal government’s healthcare bill passes. The amendment would shift county Medicaid costs from New York’s counties back to the state government. In a letter released today, the governor claimed that if the amendment passes there will be a need for a new $2.3 billion tax to offset the cost of the state absorbing county Medicaid expenses.
“The governor’s intent to raise taxes ignores all other possible options to handle these costs,” said Errigo. “How can the governor be serious about increasing taxes when he’s spent hundreds of millions on a START-UP NY program that’s failed to produce jobs? Florida has a population larger than ours, yet somehow we spend twice as much, over $163 billion, but for some reason the governor has decided that cutting from that isn’t an option. Clearly we have the money, so why not use it toward what’s necessary and stop wasting it on things we don’t need.”
The state’s counties currently pick up 13 percent of the total cost of Medicaid, and estimates suggest the amendment could save counties $2.3 billion a year in taxes. According to a report by the Empire Center, an independent, nonpartisan research organization, the amendment would save:
• Livingston County $9,539,179;
• Wayne County $14,534,805;
• Steuben County $20,077,343; and
• Monroe County $184,837,175.