(AmericanPoliticalDaily.Com)- Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo will reward hero healthcare workers who came to the state to assist the hospitals during the coronavirus outbreak by making them pay state taxes. Cuomo confirmed the decision this week, in a blow to thousands of workers who put their lives at risk to help New Yorkers.
During a press conference, Cuomo was asked if he planned to wave state tax for the emergency workers who travel to and work in New York, the state hit hardest by the Chinese coronavirus pandemic. Cuomo dismissed the idea, telling reporters that he couldn’t afford it.
“We’re not in a position to provide any subsidies right now because we have a $13 billion deficit,” Cuomo said.
“So there’s a lot of good things I’d like to do, and if we get federal funding, we can do, but it would be irresponsible for me to sit here looking at a $13 billion deficit and say I’m gonna spend more money when I can’t even pay the essential services,” he added.
Cuomo attempted to shift the blame to President Donald Trump, stating, “If we don’t get money from Washington, we can’t fund schools, right? So…at the rate we want to fund them. So we are in dire financial need.”
President Donald Trump recently told the New York Post that he wasn’t planning on bailing out states like New York, as it would be unfair to Republican states that have managed money properly. The president explained that he would provide federal support to pay back expenses relating to the coronavirus, but that he would not give money to governors who have dug themselves into a hole with regards to expenses going back years.
“I think Congress is inclined to do a lot of things but I don’t think they’re inclined to do bailouts,” he said. “A bailout is different than, you know, reimbursing for the plague.”
“I don’t think the Republicans want to be in a position where they bail out the states that are, that have been mismanaged over a long period of time,” he also said.
Cuomo recently extended an executive order that allows healthcare workers to continue working in the state as it sees out the rest of the coronavirus outbreak. Workers will be permitted to continue working in New York hospitals until June 4.