We appreciate Sen Dolan’s efforts along with those in the House and Administration. Today’s actions will result in additional funds for counties and transit authorities that will help them transition in the short term from the $209 million annual loss in Medicaid Managed Care Organization sales tax revenue.
The loss of this revenue stream follows other cuts that counties have experienced due to tax policy changes and reductions in state revenue sharing with local governments. It is compounded by the increased budgetary pressures created by the opiate epidemic. We look forward to ongoing conversations on how local services are provided in the coming years with the loss of this revenue stream.