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Medicaid reform designed to reduce costs to New York State are long overdue and are now even more pressing given the expansion of Medicaid and the cuts in Medicaid spending being considered as parts of the national health care reform legislation. Shifts in Medicaid spending would have greater consequences on New York’s health care delivery system than they would in most other states since our generous benefits account for one out of every three health care dollars. In addition, since Medicaid expenses are shared with local governments in New York, local property taxes would increase under the current federal reform legislation. The Business Council of Westchester advocates for a well justified increase in Medicaid funding to New York State to address the low comparative percentage of federal Medicaid assistance that currently applies.
The Business Council of Westchester supports the adoption of Senator Kristan Gillibrand’s “Made In America Manufacturing Act” which is being introduced during this year’s session. The legislation would establish and manage a revolving loan fund to provide manufactures low-interest loans for construction of new facilities or for retooling, retrofitting or expanding existing plans, including equipment, infrastructure or energy efficiency upgrades. The legislation also would create a job training programs that match up with the skill needs of manufactures and implement on-the- job training, off site training, classroom and on-site experimental learning in partnership with education institutions.