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COLUMN: State mandates revealed as tax cap works

— NYSAC also suggests reforming eligibility, as more health care options become available through the federal government's Affordable Care Act. New York currently provides Medicaid coverage to populations that exceed the new federal income thresholds, as well. The report also suggests streamlining transportation for preschoolers and allowing counties to have coordination among school districts and parents.

As we look forward to the upcoming session in January, one of my goals is to build on the success of last year. Last spring we were able to consolidate, merge or eliminate nearly 30 government agencies and offices. We also closed $13.5 billion in budget shortfalls over two years without raising taxes. Pension reform was also addressed, as a new Tier VI passed. I'm hopeful that this year we can add to this more sensible financial path we've begun and repeal many of these unfounded mandates.

Assemblyman Will Barclay represents residents of Assembly District 120, which includes Lysander. He can be reached by mail at 200 North Second St., Fulton, NY 13069, by e-mail at barclaw@assembly.state.ny.us or by phone (598-5185).

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