Cuomo threatens tax hikes without $15B in federal aid

Cuomo threatens tax hikes without $15B in federal aid

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo warned Tuesday his state will sue if Congress doesn’t send $15 billion in unrestricted emergency COVID-19 aid. The Democrat presented two vastly different budget scenarios for if Congress provides New York with $6 billion or if New York receives $15 billion. His state is facing a dramatic loss in sales and income tax revenue in the wake of sweeping COVID-19 restrictions that jettisoned last February’s budget projections. The governor blamed President Donald Trump’s administration for allowing COVID-19 to hit New York and the rest of the nation. New York is nearing 42,000 deaths of people who had COVID-19, according to data compiled by John Hopkins University.

Photo: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivers his State of the State address virtually from The War Room at the state Capitol, Monday, Jan. 11, 2021, in Albany, N.Y. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink, Pool)