ALBANY, NY (WKBW) -- There are drastic measures being taken to keep New York State running. Late Monday night, lawmakers passed their 10th emergency budget extender.
This latest extender, includes $775 million in cuts to health care. Some lawmakers told Eyewitness News it was a difficult decision, but the alternative was to shut down state government completely.
"We would have not done what was put in front of us, but you're allowed two options vote up or vote down," said Assemblyman Jack Quinn III, "I've always said there's three options: you tax, you borrow or you cut, and I will not borrow or increase taxes, so the only option is to cut."
The $775 million in health care cuts make up close to 40 percent of the entire budget.
Kaleida Health issued the following statement in response to the state cuts to health care:
“It’s very disappointing that health care was once again a target of budget cuts. Simply put, the state must pay for the services it defines as covered benefits. They have to stop laying their own fiscal problems on the feet of health care providers.
“These cuts are deep and they will have consequences. We will continue to reduce spending, restructure our operations plus cut people and programs. You have to ask yourself what is happening at the state level to do the same thing and fundamentally transform government operations?
“We have – and will continue to – make the difficult choices to meet our budget obligations and provide great patient care. But it will not be easy.
“It is time the state looked elsewhere and shared the sacrifice of cuts that the health care industry has had to endure over the past three years.”