The inclusion of the provision in the
"This is important and welcome news for New Yorkers that the
That property tax reduction is by no means certain. Republican
And even if they did, any major local tax break would not take effect until 2020 -- and
Given that the Collins-Faso amendment would blow a
Court action could also block the amendment, Poloncarz said.
"I have a hard time believing this will be in affect by 2020," he said. "I think it's highly doubtful."
In the short run, though, the inclusion of the Collins-Faso proposal in the
"To put that in perspective, 95 percent of every dime taxpayers pay in county property taxes has gone to cover a bill that was always supposed to be paid for by the state," said Erie County Comptroller
The Collins-Faso amendment would save
But Poloncarz and other
First, four Republican senators said Thursday that they oppose the larger health care bill that includes the Collins-Faso amendment, meaning the legislation is short of the votes it needs to pass. And changing the bill to satisfy those conservative senators who oppose the bill might push some more moderate
"I think the
Even if the health care bill passes and the
Cuomo lashed out at the
As far back as March, Cuomo vowed to wage a court battle if the Collins-Faso amendment were to make it into law. That's because the provision targets
Cuomo said the Collins-Faso amendment is unconstitutional because it unfairly harms one state, and without any federal purpose.
"There is no justification for why you target
Poloncarz agreed, saying: "I don't think it will pass constitutional muster."
But Faso called Cuomo wrong to be fighting the amendment.
Meantime, Senate Minority Leader
"The Collins-Faso amendment is nothing more than rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic," Schumer said. "It does nothing to stop this heartless bill from hurting New Yorkers who need health care most."
Supporters of the Collins-Faso amendment, however, said that it rights a longtime wrong. For decades,
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