In the wake of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Executive Budget for 2012-2013, state Republican lawmakers have offered their two cents on the proposed plan, which sports a price tag of $132.5 billion.
Sen. Greg Ball, R-Patterson, praised the governor for his focus on job creation through public-private partnerships, but suggested he take a more aggressive stance on eliminating fraud, waste and abuse in state agencies and authorities.
“Government should be shrinking and becoming more efficient, not growing and becoming more unwieldy,” said Ball.
Ball suggested the governor’s proposed mandate relief, by way of a state takeover of Medicaid, be attached, without any loopholes, to “real, direct and substantive” property tax relief to
the state’s taxpayers.
“Simply swapping the cost of Medicaid from the local to the state, without insisting the locals provide one to one property tax relief would be both foolish and reckless,” said Ball. (READ MORE)