New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says he will not sign this year’s budget without a permanent tax cap.
He also says MTA reform, criminal justice reform, ethics, and campaign finance reform must also be in the budget.
On Monday, Gov. Cuomo and several officials made comments about the budget at the Capitol. He says the state is facing a $3.8 billion in revenue reductions over the next two years.
Cuomo says he’s no longer confident marijuana reform along with taxation will be done by budget due date of April 1.
Lawmakers in both the Assembly and Senate speaking out this afternoon following the governor’s press conference, ahead of their own budget resolutions, which could go on until the late hours.
“This is a representative democracy. It’s a republic. It really seems as if, from his pronouncements today that his version of a representative democracy is ‘Me, Myself and I,” said Senator Jim Tedisco.
“We need to reign in the spending and the governor did not propose a budget that reigns in the spending,” said Senator George Amedore.
Lawmakers were divided on his issues, but all denounced Cuomo’s hardline stance.
“No one can be absolute on anything. Our government is at its strongest when all entities work together,” said Assemblyman John McDonald.
Officials discussed the status of the state budget and says the state is at a tipping point due to State and Local Tax Deduction (SALT) that’s part of President Donald Trump’s tax reform law.
He plans to make repealing SALT a top priority and traveling the country to get the policy changed.
Cuomo also added criminal justice reform because he says he doesn’t believe lawmakers will take it up on their own.