Counties in the News January 4, 2017

Wednesday's news from counties across the state
What is a cost shift? A cost shift is an economic situation where one individual, group, or government underpays for a service, resulting in another individual, group or government overpaying for a service. Or a cost shift is a term used to describe any activity through which costs are shifted from one decision-maker to another.
Counties are well aware of what cost shifting means. The state has been shifting costs to counties for more than 50 years.
In the 1966, the state shifted the costs of Medicaid and Indigent Legal Defense Services to county property taxpayers. Today county taxes fund $7.5 billion* in state Medicaid costs and more than $164 million in public defense costs.
In fact, all of the cost shifts combined cost county taxpayers more than $12 billion a year, when you consider all of the state mandated programs that are underpaid by the state and overpaid by local property taxpayer.
*NYC taxpayers fund $3.3 billion in Medicaid costs, county property taxpayers outside of NYC pay $2.2 billion.
A NYSAC Retweet: To be clear: Somehow state will figure out how to pay for free tuition, but can't pick up the tab from counties for indigent legal defense?

NYSAC Not Happy with Cuomo Veto

Cuomo proposes free state college tuition for eligible students

Borchert gives upbeat “halftime” peptalk on where Dutchess County is going

Carlucci says don't grant parole to Brinks robbery accomplice

Westchester Legislators Move Step Closer to Banning Gun Shows

Saratoga County Leaders May Consider New Public Safety Building (Video)

Local leaders praise Cuomo's free-tuition plan

Cuomo vetoes indigent defense bill
Clinton County to organize

Assemblyman Billy Jones, members of the Franklin County Legislature sworn in for new terms

Essex Co. chair targets EMS, broadband for 2017

New chairman, vice-chairman of St. Lawrence County Legislature named

Former Jefferson County Real Property director appointed to IDA board

Child trafficking a threat in Clinton County, say officials

Tompkins County Legislature Declares 2017 Year of the Woman

Onondaga County Legislature Still Down 1 Member for First 2017 Session (Video)

Genesee County continues discussion regarding future of Holland Land Office Museum

Seneca County supervisors to organize for 2017

Erie County Executive Disappointed in Indigent Legal Services Veto

New year, new chairman, new matters for Legislature

Wyoming County Board of Supervisors reflects on ‘16

Rural Outreach Center Challenges Public Figures to Experience Poverty

Crisis hotline adds Orleans County