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Bill Samuels of EffectiveNY proposes to cut local property taxes by having the state take over more Medicaid costs.

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  • A P L A N T O D R A M AT I C A L LY

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    P R O P E RT Y TA X E S

    ISSUE : MEDICAID LOCAL SHARE

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    T O S H A R E S E RV I C E S .

  • T H E S TAT E I S B E N E F I T T I N G F R O M A R E S I L I E N TI N CO M E TA X B A S E , W H I L E C I T I E S A R E S T U C K

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    R E S P O N S E T O C U O M O : Yo u ca n t s ay , We v e d o n e a l l w e c a n , w e c a n t d o a ny t h i n g m o r e. . .

    I f y o u a r e p u s h i n g e co n o m i c d ev e l o p m e n t a n d j o b c r e a t i o n i n u p s t a t e N ew Yo r k , y o u v e g o t t o l o o k a t t h e n a n o t e c h p r ov i d e r s o r t h e g e n o m e p e o p l e , a n d s ay,

    y o u r e g o i n g t o g e t c l e a r w a t e r, t h e s n ow s g o i n g t o b e p l ow e d , y o u r e g o i n g t o d r i v e o n g o o d s t r e e t s , y o u r e g o i n g t o h av e g o o d s c h o o l s ,

    a l l o f t h o s e t h i n g s a r e i m p o r t a n t s e r v i ce s t h a t f o r m t h e b e d r o c k o f a q u a l i t y o f l i f e t h a t a l l ow s u s t o b u i l d a n e co n o m i c d ev e l o p m e n t m o d e l t h a t w o r k s .

    J A N . 8 , 2 0 1 3 A F T E R C U O M O S STAT E O F T H E STAT E

  • W E H AV E A B E T T E R I D E A

    T H E P RO B L E M C U O M O & A L BA N Y O N LY

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    T H E 2 0 1 5 $ 1 .6 6 B I L L I O N R E BAT E P RO P O S A L

    F O RC I N G $7.6 B I LLI O N TO B E PA I D E V E RY Y E A R P R I M A R I LY TH RO U G H

    CO U NT Y P RO P E RT Y TA X E S BY O U R LO C A L CO U NTI E S & N YC

    T H E LO N G T E R M SO LU T I O N

    P H AS E I N A P E R M A N E NT 1 0 0% E LI M I N ATI O N O F TH E LO C A L

    M E D I C A I D BU R D E N

    F O C U S F I RST O N T H E 57 CO U N T I E S O U T S I D E N YC ,

    R E D U C I N G T H E $ 2 . 2 B I L L I O N BU R D E N P E R M A N E N T LY P H AS E D

    I N OV E R 3 Y E A RS BY $73 3 M I L L I O N A Y E A R

  • 50%

    F E D E R A L

    C O U N T Y

    S T A T E

    ...ALBANY only picks up 2/3 of its share......putting an unbearable burden onto the COUNTIES of NY.

  • NO OTHER STATEDOES WHAT CUOMO & NEW YORK STATE DOES

    NEW YORKNO MATCH

    26MINIMAL MATCH

    23

    CLOSEST TO NY IS CALIFORNIA @ $1 BILLION $7.6 BILLION

    3 YEARS AGO NORTH CAROLINA ELIMINATED ITS 15% BURDEN, LEAVING

    NEW YORK ALONE IN ITS ABDICATION.

  • MEDICAIDWHILE WE NEED TO FULLY PROTECT ITS BENEFITS

    ALBANY MUST STOP WHAT ONLY NY STATE DOES:

    FORCE OUR COUNTIES & NEW YORK CITY TO PAY$7.6 BILLION OF THE STATES SHARE

  • L I F T T H E B U R D E N N OW

    In 1966, Governor Rockefeller & the Legislature decided to

    allocate up to 50% of the States share to NYC & our counties.

  • R E D U C I N G T H E CO U N T Y B U R D E N I S N OT A N E W I D E A

    1967CONSTITUTIONAL

    CONVENTIONPROPOSED:

    All public assistance and Medicaid costs not paid for by the National Government

    will be borne by the State Budget. There will be no local share.

    Unfortunately the suggested new Constitution was voted down as a whole.

  • 1991Governor Cuomo Supported Lifting the BurdenIn one bold step, we can dramatically improve the affordability of quality public health care and relieve local governments and property taxpayers of the most significant burden imposed upon them by the State of New York.

    - Governor Mario Cuomo 1991 (State Takeover of Local Medicaid Costs: A Mandate Relief Proposal)

  • The State should plan for

    a full fiscal takeover...

    Medicaid is not administered

    in the most rational or

    cost-effective manner...

    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 states poverty levels.

    New York stands

    virtually alone...

    Richard Ravitch2010 Lieutenant Governors Report

    2010

  • 201148 years later nothing has changed.

    In 2011, a working group of Cuomos Medicaid Redesign Team

    proposed:

    The State should...implement a plan...that phases out reliance on local taxes

    (property taxes).BUT IN THE END, CUOMO CUT OUT

    THIS RECOMMENDATION.

  • 201548 years later nothing has changed.

    NY State is now ALONE as a backward state that still

    passes to local communities the strangling burden which

    kills economic growth.

  • W E M U S T L I F T T H E B U R D E N N OW

    Our Upstate communities simply cannot afford to bear Albanys Medicaid burden.

    They must be allowed the budget freedom to invest, cut taxes, and grow again!

    Source: US Census Bureau

    POPULATION LOSS

    1960-2010

    BUFFALO ROCHESTER SYRACUSEPOPULATION1960 2010 LOSS532,759 261,310 271449

    POPULATION1960 2010 LOSS318,611 210,566 108045

    POPULATION1960 2010 LOSS216,038 145,170 70868

  • ERIE ONONDAGA MONROE97%

    OF COUNTY PROPERTY TAXES PAY FOR MEDICAID

    80% OF COUNTY PROPERTY TAXES

    PAY FOR MEDICAID

    58% OF COUNTY PROPERTY TAXES

    PAY FOR MEDICAID

    N Y STAT E TA K I N G R E S P O N S I B I L I T Y F O R M E D I C A I D W O U L D D R A M AT I C A L LY H E L P W E ST E R N N Y

    CO M P E T E F O R B U S I N E S S A S TO DAY I T C A R R I E S A B U R D E N N O OT H E R CO U N T Y I N T H E U . S . H A S

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    4 9 . 1 %

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    O R A N G E CO U NT Y$74 M I L L I O N

    O R A N G E CO U NT Y SU R P LU S H A D FA LLE N TO $ 3 M I LLI O N B E F O R E STE V E N E U H AU S E LE C TE D.

    O N M A RC H 1 4, 2 01 4, M O O DY S LOW E RS ITS BO N D R ATI N G . I M AG I N E W H AT A $74 M I LLI O N

    R E D U C TI O N WO U LD D O F O R J O B G ROW TH A N D O R A N G E CO U NT Y BO N D R ATI N G .

    U LSTE R CO U NT Y$ 3 7 M I L L I O NM I K E H E I N W H AT CO U LD H E D O TO I M -P ROV E S E RV I C E S A N D LOW E R TA X E S W ITH $ 3 7 M I LLI O N A Y E A R R E D U C TI O N I N D O LL A RS S E NT TO A LBA N Y.

    E R I E CO U NT Y$ 2 1 6 M I L L I O N

    C U O M O S TA XP O L I C Y S AV I N G S

    F O R E R I E$ 4 8 M I L L I O N

    S TAT E TA K I N G OV E R M E D I C A I D

    E F F E C T I V E N Y S AV I N G S$ 6 4 8 M I L L I O N

    OV E R A 3 Y E A R P E R I O D

    V S

  • NEW YORK CITY HAS A$5.4 BILLION MEDICAID BURDEN

    A U N I Q U E C A S E :

    9% OF THE ENTIRE CITY BUDGET

    50%

    7%

  • W H I C H H AV E N O M E D I C A I D B U R D E N

    L O S A N G E L E S H O U S T O N. . . A N D AT L A N TA , B A LT I M O R E , H A R T F O R D, P R OV I D E N C E , S E AT T L E , E T C . , E T C .

    B O S T O N

    U N L I K E I N OT H E R C I T I E S I N A M E R I C A

  • THINK OF ALL THE THINGS MAYOR DI BLASIO COULD DO WITH AN ADDITIONAL

    $5.4 BILLION

    JOBS HOUSING

    HOSPITALSTAXES

    ETC...

    N E W YO R K S TAT E TA K I N G O N M E D I C A I D E F F E C T S N YC S A B I L I T Y T O A D D R E S S I N CO M E I N E Q UA L I T Y I S S U E S

  • T H E E F F E C T I V E N YS O LU T I O N F O R A L B A N Y

    A B I PA RT I S A N E F F O RT BY D E M O C R AT S A N D R E P U B L I C A N S T O PAY F O R M E D I C A I D F U L LY AT T H E S TAT E L E V E L

    T H E O N LY WAYT O AC H I E V E R E A L M A N D AT E R E L I E F A N D

    D R A M AT I C A L LY LOW E R CO U N T Y P R O P E RT Y TA X E S

    T H E O N LY WAYT O F R E E U P B I L L I O N S O F D O L L A R S I N O U R LO C A L I T I E S F O R I N V E S T M E N T S I N P U B L I C S E RV I C E S A N D I N F R A S T RU C T U R E

  • H OW TO PAY F O R I T:

    B e g i n w i t h a d ow n p ay m e n t i n t h i s y e a r s s t a t e b u d g e t o f $ 7 3 3 m i l l i o n t o r e l i ev e t h e b u r d e n o n t h e 5 7 c o u n t i e s o u t s i d e o f N ew Yo r k C i t y.

    T h e r e s t c a n b e f i n a n c e d t h r o u g h e f f i c i e n c i e s i n t h e s t a t es $ 1 4 0 b i l l i o n b u d g e t w i t h o u t a ny t a x i n c r e a s e , a n d t h e g r ow t h i n n ew t a x r ev e n u e

    a s a r e s u l t o f s t r o n g e r j o b g r ow t h i n o u r c o u n t i e s .

    I t c a n a l s o b e d o n e by r e p l a c i n g t h e r e g r e s s i v e p r o p e r t y t a x w i t h a m o r e p r o g r e s s i v e t a x .

    CO N C LU S I O N :I T S T I M E F O R A L B A N Y T O S T E P U P A N D A D D R E S S T H E F I S C A L C R I S I S

    O F N E W YO R K S CO U N T I E S A N D C I T I E S .