Articles on the Constitution by Chris Collins
Monday, May 9, 2011
"The state's mandates on local governments are far too numerous to detail here. Let's start with the mother of all mandates -- Medicaid. Nearly every dime Erie County collects in non-school-tax property taxes goes directly to the state...
In this 2011 opinion piece for the New York Post, former Erie County Executive Chris Collins advocates for Albany to rein in unfunded mandates such as Medicaid that are absorbing a majority of Counties' property tax levies, in addition to addressing runaway public sector pension costs and expenses imposed on local school districts via the state's Taylor Law.