State Budget Proposal Short on Specifics on How Deficit Will Be Addressed Without Hurting Local Taxpayers, Services and Job Creation, Says McLaughlin

The new state budget proposed today by Governor Cuomo could lead to new costs and tax increases on the local level, and specifics are needed on how the state will deal with a $6 billion deficit, said County Executive Steve McLaughlin.

McLaughlin said he is also disappointed the presentation did not call for changes to the controversial bail reforms which have hurt public safety, and that more funding is not being made available for infrastructure work.

The budget presentation today by the Governor also did not address the departure of many New Yorkers.

“While the state has major issues with spending and a growing deficit, there are still a shortage of ideas coming from Albany on how to protect taxpayers and help our state grow,” said McLaughlin.

“I am worried the new state budget will simply pass on new costs and mandates to the county level and create the need for service reductions and higher taxes. New Yorkers cannot afford any more costs for higher and higher spending at the state level,” said McLaughlin.

McLaughlin noted the state plan to reduce Medicaid costs in the coming year. He again urged a partnership to utilize telemedicine to reduce Medicaid expenses and ensure access to the service. In 2019, McLaughlin joined with CDPHP and United Concierge Medicine to launch ER Anywhere, which allows Medicaid recipients to utilize an app to access medical help.

Along with ER Anywhere, McLaughlin again called for the state to allow counties to have more flexibility in deciding which optional mandates are provided by the counties. New York is the only state to require counties to pay for both required mandates and optional mandates.

“An effective partnership between the state, local governments and the private sector could help significantly reduce Medicaid costs while still maintaining service for those in need of assistance,” said McLaughlin.

McLaughlin said he is concerned about the impact of state fiscal problems on the county. Each of McLaughlin’s budgets have reduced property taxes, while improving services and supporting historic job creation across the county.

“Fuzzy math and progressive rhetoric are not going to address the budget problems facing our state. We need common-sense solutions and hard decisions to be made in the coming weeks by state lawmakers,” said McLaughlin.

“The state also needs a firm plan on addressing bail reform and restoring law and order to our courts and our communities. Too many New Yorkers are worried about the reforms and the number of offenders and accused offenders being released,” added McLaughlin.