Hochul, who lost her congressional seat to Collins in 2012, started things off on Friday by putting out a lengthy statement about a plan by the Republican congressman that she said would "wreak havoc on the state.''
Hochul, a Democrat, went on from there, raising questions about Collins' ethics, his understanding of government finances and his priorities.
Collins was quick to respond.
At issue was a plan put forth by Collins that included the state assuming the costs of
Counties pay about 13 percent of
Hochul made her attack against Collins in the aftermath of a controversial plan advanced by some
Collins had a plan to require an end to counties' requirement to pay for
Hochul said Collins' proposal to shift county
Hochul also strongly defended the current system in which counties pay a portion of
"On the merits, the counties have no right to claim this is an undue burden. They paid a percentage of health care costs even before
Hochul noted that the state more than 50 years ago gave counties the option to collect sales taxes to help pay for
Hochul noted counties' share of
Collins, his spokesman said, offered an amendment to bar federal reimbursements for state
"Hard working families are tired of footing the bill for
Collins' office said his plan would require the state to pick up about
"The federal legislation introduced by
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