• Making the State pay the full cost would reduce county property taxes a whopping 49.1%!
  • New York City spends 9% of its budget on Medicaid. Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami and the other major cities in the country pay nothing. By eliminating New York City’s unique Medicaid allocation, it will free up 5.4 billion dollars for other city initiatives.
  • Of the 50 highest property tax burdens in the nation, 30 are in counties of Upstate and Western New York.
  • The practice of using local revenues to subsidize the State Budget is the number one reason why New York’s property taxes are the highest in the nation. – The New York State Association of Counties, NYSAC Real and Permanent Mandate Relief White Paper.
  • “There should be no higher priority for NY political and civic leaders than to seek a share of the Federal contribution to Medicaid that bears a rational relationship to the state’s poverty levels.” –Richard Ravitch, 2010 Lieutenant Governor’s Report
  • Governor Mario Cuomo advocated it, but his son Andrew has not put the full support of his office behind it yet.
  • “New York’s policy of requiring counties and New York City to pay a sizable share of Medicaid costs is out of step with other states and results in an inequitable distribution of Medicaid costs among New York taxpayers.…the burden of the local share of Medicaid costs falls hardest on the poorest counties.” —Citizens Budget Commission