Extending a spat with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, on April 6 Congressperson John Faso (R-Kinderhook) introduced H.R. 1871
, the Property Tax Reduction Act, reprising the amendment he added to the failed Republican healthcare proposal two weeks ago. The bill, similar to the amendment to the Republican healthcare plan, would shift Medicaid costs from local counties to the state. “For 51 years Albany has been unfairly mandating counties to pay for a significant share of state Medicaid costs,” a statement from Faso read. “This mandate has caused property taxes to skyrocket and in turn crushing homeowners, seniors, and businesses. Exorbitant property taxes and lack of jobs are the main reasons why New York State continues to lose population to other states." After Faso added a similar amendment to the Republican healthcare bill a few weeks ago, Cuomo and Faso spent a few days trading barbs in the media on the issue.