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County Executive Gorski made a direct appeal to state lawmakers Monday regarding their strategy in reducing state spending.

As state legislators try to bridge the state's $1 billion deficit, Gorski hopes to persuade key lawmakers to go easy on county governments.

"I'm not debating whether they have a $1 billion problem. I accept that they have to reduce spending. But I want to make sure they don't solve their problem by shifting the costs to local governments," said Gorski.

Gorski planned to meet with members of the Western New York legislative delegation and Legislature officials Monday afternoon and today if necessary.

County budget staffers have identified nearly $4 million in potential state aid cuts to Erie County in 1990 and another $9 million next year. Gorski said he will be asking state lawmakers to consider alternatives to direct aid cuts.

He said one of those alternatives health aid, where Gov. Cuomo has proposed reductions that would clip $4 million from Erie County Medical Center and Erie County Home accounts in 1991.

An alternative plan, with a 1 percent tax on all hospitals in the state, has since surfaced and Gorski hopes to persuade legislators to give it strong consideration.

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