ALBANY – The proposed federal budget unveiled Monday by President Donald J. Trump has Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo scrambling to reconsider his spending priorities with less than three weeks before the state budget is due.
The administration announced on Wednesday afternoon that they have to “re-look at our entire budget” in light of proposed cuts to federal health care spending, including a 20 percent drop in Medicaid support.
“If even a portion of these cuts are allowed to take effect, it would devastate health care in New York,” state Budget Director Robert Mujica said during a news conference at the Capitol.
The proposal has the administration reversing course on more than $500 million in health care cuts that were advanced in the governor’s amended budget in response to the realization that the state was facing a massive revenue shortfall for the coming fiscal year, which begins on April 1. Health care providers, including hospitals and ambulance companies, said Cuomo’s initial reductions would drastically diminish services.
“Any new spending … should go to restoring those cuts,” Mujica said.
It could require shifting spending priorities, including reducing the $1 billion state education aid increase proposed by Cuomo. That figure is already hundreds of million of …read more
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