Assemblyman Ray Walter (R,C,I-Amherst) is calling for spending discipline and tax relief as the finalization of the state budget draws near. The comptroller has reported that February tax receipts exceeded projections by approximately $164 million. With news reports indicating that the Assembly Majority is pushing to reinstate member items, otherwise known as political pork spending, Walter stated that the unanticipated revenue would be better used to combat one of the biggest property tax drivers in the state – the county share of Medicaid payments.
“The local share of state-mandated Medicaid payments drives property taxes through the roof. Any unanticipated revenue should first be used to lighten the burden on our property taxpayers and accelerate the state takeover of Medicaid growth,” said Walter. “This money belongs to the people, not politicians, and if it is to be allocated in this year’s state budget, it should end up in the pockets of the taxpayers where it belongs.”