Faso, New York Congressional Delegation Dismiss Cuomo’s Baseless Claims

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Washington, D.C., June 27, 2017 | comments
"Rather than petulantly threatening to raise taxes on overburdened New Yorkers, Mr. Cuomo should instead cut waste in his own $160 billion budget. High among these items are hundreds of millions each year doled out in special interest favors and side deals to favored groups. Medicaid is intended to help the disabled, the poor and the elderly, but in Cuomo’s New York fully one-third of our population is on this system. Cuomo is driving people from Upstate New York because of high taxes. Instead of supporting our efforts he threatens additional tax increases because he can’t bring his own budget under control. Cuomo spends more on Medicaid than Texas and Florida combined and those states have more than twice New York’s population. Our amendment finally fixes Albany’s 50-year-old mistake of imposing part of these costs on property taxpayers."
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Washington, D.C. – Congressman John J. Faso (R-Kinderhook), along with Reps. Collins, Reed, Stefanik, and Tenney, issued a sharp rebuke to the false claims presented in Governor Cuomo’s “letter to New Yorkers.” Rep. Faso also released an annotated response to the letter – dismissing the Governor’s claims point by point. The delegation’s individual remarks are below:

Rep. John Faso (NY-19): “Rather than petulantly threatening to raise taxes on overburdened New Yorkers, Mr. Cuomo should instead cut waste in his own $160 billion budget. High among these items are hundreds of millions each year doled out in special interest favors and side deals to favored groups. Medicaid is intended to help the disabled, the poor and the elderly, but in Cuomo’s New York fully one-third of our population is on this system. Cuomo is driving people from Upstate New York because of high taxes. Instead of supporting our efforts he threatens additional tax increases because he can’t bring his own budget under control. Cuomo spends more on Medicaid than Texas and Florida combined and those states have more than twice New York’s population. Our amendment finally fixes Albany’s 50-year-old mistake of imposing part of these costs on property taxpayers.”

Rep. Chris Collins (NY-27): “Governor Cuomo is doing what he does best, passing the buck on to hardworking New York families by proposing new taxes. Instead of getting his house in order, Governor Cuomo wants taxpayers to foot the bill to protect his slush funds and pet projects. If Governor Cuomo can’t find two percent savings in one of the most bloated state budgets in the country, perhaps it’s time for New Yorkers to hire someone who can.”

Rep. Tom Reed (NY-23): “Governor Cuomo is a liar who has done nothing for upstate New York.  He's a one trick pony for whom everything is an excuse to raise taxes. He needs to buck up like other governors and start reining in the cost of Medicaid and figure out more efficient ways of spending the taxpayers’ money. Instead, he acts like a bully and threatens a tax hike on middle class families. I'd like to see Gov. Cuomo run for president owning the highest tax increase in America.”

Rep. Elise Stefanik (NY-21): “Governor Cuomo continues to mislead about our efforts to lower premiums and reduce property taxes for hard working families across the North Country and across New York State. New York State currently raises $7 billion from its local governments to fund its $27 billion Medicaid liability, which is the largest amount in the nation. Rather than threaten families in our states with tax hikes, Governor Cuomo should be working with Members of the New York Congressional Delegation on solutions to help families and businesses. Local officials and tax payers across our district support our efforts to eliminate unfair Medicaid mandate on our counties, and I will continue to work in Congress to build a healthcare system that lowers costs, improves quality and increases access for North Country families.”

Rep. Claudia Tenney (NY-22): “Governor Cuomo continues to prove that he will stop at nothing to inflict pain on our local communities to further his own political aspirations. We all know that pay-to-play and political vendettas drive the governor’s agenda.  Using the taxpayers to exact revenge against political rivals is not only wrong, it's an abuse of power that should not be tolerated. Now, Governor Cuomo is threatening to hike taxes on hardworking, middle-class families in direct response to the Collins-Faso amendment, a measure that would provide the biggest mandate relief package to local governments in generations. The state's share of the federal Medicaid liability has been forced onto our already struggling counties for decades. The Collins-Faso amendment will send that burden back to the state, and require Governor Cuomo and the State Legislature to get their fiscal house in order for once. Governor Cuomo continues to burden the taxpayers with his out-of-control wasteful spending and cronyist schemes to leverage struggling local governments and weak politicians into supporting his political agenda. New York has needed a real leader in Albany for a long time and the Governor’s most recent vengeful acts demonstrate how vindictive and dangerous he is to the taxpayers of our state.”

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