Oaks Urges Reform to Save Taxpayers $5.9 Billion Annually

March 13, 2018

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Assemblyman Bob Oaks (R,C-Macedon) joined Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb (R,C,I,Ref-Canandaigua), Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo, and members of the Assembly Minority Conference at a press conference Monday urging legislative leaders to begin the state takeover of local Medicaid costs in this year’s state budget. Nearly $6 billion in annual savings would result from a phased-in state takeover of the county share of Medicaid expenses and relieve a portion of the state’s excessively-high property taxes.

“New Yorkers are paying some of the highest taxes in the country. As we continue working on this year’s state budget, I believe that before we consider any spending increases, we must do everything we can to reduce taxes,” said Oaks, who oversees the budget process on behalf of the Assembly Minority Conference. “Taxpayers from Buffalo to Long Island are overburdened and struggling to afford the American Dream. This is an overdue action the state could take to greatly ease that burden.”

Assemblyman Oaks has always been a strong advocate for mandate relief. With Medicaid being one of the most expensive state mandates, this would begin to lift the weight carried on the backs of local property tax payers. The Medicaid takeover is just one component of the Assembly Minority’s reform package (A.9901).