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90 percent of the county property tax levy statewide goes to pay for nine state mandated programs

Cuomo pushes property tax cap

Governor-elect Andrew Cuomo says New York won't be buying its way out of a projected $9 billion dollar deficit next year.

In his first speech since election night, Cuomo told a gathering of New York lawmakers in Puerto Rico they'll have to "get smart" and find other ways to plug the gap.

He campaigned on promises of no personal or corporate tax increases, and he says he's sticking to that promise. Cuomo also wants to cap property taxes. But those taxes are what counties and local governments rely on to fund their budgets, and pay for state-mandated services. Many experts say the tax cap would just be the first step in a long and painful process that would require deep cuts in government spending.  Go to full article

County leaders from across NY promise to fight Adk property tax cap

The New York Association of Counties is calling on Governor Paterson to drop plans to cap property tax payments on state land in the Adirondacks. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

Questions Over Funds for County Programs

Counties, and groups that work with the poor, say they are happy Governor Pataki released funding for a number of programs that help people on welfare transition to steady employment. But they wonder when and if the governor will restore funding the legislature wanted for other support services for the needy. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

County Association Chief Suspended for Medicaid Reform Stance

This year's budget battle resulted in the first on-time spending plan in 20 years. It also produced modest Medicaid reform, including a cap on the rate of cost increases and a new preferred prescription drug list. But the fight over Medicaid exposed a deep rift within the New York State Association of Counties.
NYSAC suspended its president, Clifford Donaldson, for siding publicly with the unions and with the hospital association.
The organization's board wanted deeper Medicaid cuts than the unions were willing to accept. Donaldson is manager for Essex County and lives in Saranac Lake. He plans to meet with the NYSAC board's fifteen members about the dispute tomorrow. His regular term as president of the organization expires in September. He spoke with Brian Mann.  Go to full article

NY Counties Get Tough on Medicaid

The New York Association of Counties, at its annual meeting in Albany, promised to get tough with state lawmakers who don't follow through on Medicaid reforms that they say are strangling county budgets. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

County Leaders Ask State for Fiscal Help

The hearings on New York State's budget began with leaders of local governments asking for help meeting growing costs for health care and for retired workers. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

A Brief History of Medicaid in New York

The cost of the state's Medicaid program has grown by $17 billion since 1995, when Governor Pataki took office. The spending has risen so rapidly that the state's counties say just paying their share has led to a fiscal crisis. But Pataki, along with members of the state legislature, has found increasing spending on Medicaid difficult to resist. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

County Budgets: "We're Cannibalizing Ourselves"

County governments across the North Country are citing a long list of factors creating dramatic financial problems. Counties are proposing budgets that would cut personnel and services, as well as raise property taxes, in some cases by up to 20%. David Sommerstein joins Martha Foley to talk about the county budget crisis.  Go to full article

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