NY Budget Spends $820M on Medicaid for Illegal Immigrants, NFL Stadium

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By Adam Andrzejewski for RealClearPolicy

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul recently signed into law a $220 billion budget riddled with wasteful spending, including $220 million for free Medicaid for illegal immigrants and a $600 million subsidy for a new Buffalo Bills stadium, according to the New York Post.

Federal law prohibits federal tax dollars from going toward Medicaid for illegal immigrants, so New York taxpayers will pick up the tab for free healthcare for up to 20,000 illegal immigrants living in the Empire State.

Those making less than $18,754 would qualify for the program, though many other details regarding eligibility have yet to be announced.

Hochul, a Buffalo resident, pushed for her pet project of giving $600 million to gift the NFL a new stadium, and is part of why the budget was delayed for days.

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In addition to state funding, Eerie County will contribute $250 million to the project, making it the largest public subsidy for a stadium in the U.S., according to Bloomberg. The NFL and the Bills will only pay $550 million toward the new stadium.

The New York State budget also gave $350 million in capital funding to the New York City Housing Authority, which is struggling financially, as thousands of residents are behind on rent payments.

New York state already has some of the highest debt. The last thing New York needs is more wasteful spending that continues to burden future generations.

Syndicated with permission from Real Clear Wire.

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