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DAVID F. SHAFFER, INSTITUTE PRESIDENT, TO DISCUSS MEDICAID AND OTHER FACTORS IN LOCAL GOVERNMENT COSTS THURSDAY, OCT. 7, IN LANCASTER

ALBANY—David F. Shaffer, president of the Public Policy Institute of New York State, will discuss Medicaid and other factors that drive up local government costs and local taxes in New York State at a panel discussion at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, October 7, at the GreenField Manor in Lancaster, Erie County. The event is sponsored by the Lancaster Area Chamber of Commerce.

Shaffer has done extensive research on the factors that drive up local taxes Upstate. For example, he wrote the Institute's recent report entitled "How High is the Upstate Tax Burden—and Why?" That report, which was released August 16, showed that Upstate New York taxpayers paid as much as $6 billion more in state and local taxes than they would in an average state, mostly because of the state's far-above-average levels of spending on Medicaid and local government payrolls.

Shaffer's remarks prepared for his presentation Thursday include the following points:

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