ALBANY, NY (WKBW) -- With the state budget more than two-months overdue, lawmakers will vote on another emergency spending plan in Albany Monday night.
With payments to state contractors lagging behind by weeks, this new plan will double the money for construction contractors, while cutting over $400 million in health care spending.
Though the proposed cuts have met heavy resistance from health care lobbies and some members of government, the bill is likely to pass. Lawmakers are unable to amend the proposed emergency spending plan, and failure to pass it would likely result in a complete shut down of state government.
According to Business First of Buffalo, the proposed cuts reduce money for health care by no more than 1.5 percent. The cuts include the cancellation of standard yearly pay rate increases to hospitals and nursing homes, a cut of $100 million.
Paterson’s plan also calls for a $330 million increase in Medicaid fraud recoveries targeted for this fiscal year, a jump of almost 40 percent. The higher fraud recoveries mean more and more health care institutions will be audited by the state this year
Lawmakers are expected to vote on the latest bill sometime Monday.
Read more from Buffalo Business First here.