Cuomo begins releasing amendments to 2019 budget proposal


Of the registered voters surveyed, 40 percent had a negative view of the NY governor-a ten percent increase from January when 30 percent viewed the governor in a negative light, according to the poll. Republican Senate Leader John Flanagan of Long Island noted that Cuomo's state budget recommendation includes $1 billion in new state taxes and fees.

NY is also the only state that doesn't allow voters to change their party affiliation close to election day-currently, voters must commit to the switch 6 months prior to an election.

Budget Director Robert Mujica said Cuomo is adding to his budget proposal an "employer compensation expense tax" that would be optional for employers and employees as a way to work around the federal-deduction limit.

Secondly, Cuomo's office proposed two new charitable contribution programs, one for health care and one for education.

"We should be cutting taxes, not raising them", Flanagan said.

Cuomo took a hit with Democrats, but was worse with Republicans, while his popularity fell in New York City and dropped significantly in upstate, said Steven Greenberg, a spokesman for the Siena College poll.

Stuart Lazar, a tax policy professor at the University at Buffalo School of Law, said the "devil is certainly going to be in the details" of Cuomo's tax proposal to be unveiled later this week.

There are 37 states that allow early voting before Election Day.

State budget director Robert Mujica said President Trump and the GOP-run Congress left the state with no choice but to try to counter what he described as an attack on NY. His 30-day amendments to the budget include a provision that would decouple state taxes from the federal plan, a move. If employers opt-in, they will be subject to a 5 percent tax on all annual payroll expenses in excess of $40,000 per employee, phased in over three years beginning on January 1, 2019. NY and neighboring states are also. "New York has 52 counties with average SALT (state and local taxes) above $10,000, the largest percentage of taxpayers getting a tax increase, and this law makes it more expensive to live here relative to other states".

Take-home pay would remain the same for workers, and businesses wouldn't see any additional taxes, according to the administration's plan.