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A report by Governor Cuomo’s tax department lists ways that New Yorkers could get around the loss of some of their state and local tax deductions under the new law.  But all of them come with complications.

When the federal tax overhaul law was signed by President Trump last December, Americans lost their ability to deduct much of their state and local taxes from their federal tax forms. As Governor Cuomo has said repeatedly, the loss of what’s known as the SALT deductions harms taxpayers the most in relatively high tax states like New York.

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Governor Cuomo released a $168 billion budget proposal Tuesday that he says is more of an economic transformation plan aimed at ensuring the state’s viability in light of the federal tax law.  He followed through on an idea presented in his state of the state address to restructure New York’s tax code.  Cuomo says instead of taxing income received by employees, the state would tax wages paid by employers to counter the loss of income deductibility.

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New York is coming off a year of what Governor Andrew Cuomo calls great economic growth and social progress. 

"Crime is down statewide, we have a cleaner environment, we have a fairer criminal justice system, we have more high school graduates who are attending colleges, we have preserved more land than ever before, enacted a more progressive tax code, launched the most ambitious building program in the country."

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Governor Cuomo delivers his State of the State address on Wednesday. The speech kicks off a challenging year of budget deficits and re- election races.

Cuomo begins his eighth year in office facing the largest budget deficit since 2011. New York is short $4.4 billion, and there’s uncertainty over federal policies, including the overhaul of the tax code, that could leave the state with even a bigger budget hole in the future.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo, who’s vowed to lead a campaign against the state’s Republican Congressional representatives in the 2018 elections, has spent the final weeks of 2017 feuding with them over their votes on the federal tax overhaul bill.

Cuomo has been saying for weeks that the overhaul would be “devastating” to New York’s finances, and to many of its taxpayers, and he’s called Republican house members who support the plan “traitors” and “Benedict Arnolds”.

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According to published reports, some of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s hiring practices are the subject of an FBI investigation .

The Albany Times Union first reported that the FBI is looking at Governor Cuomo’s longstanding practice of hiring employees for his office but paying them through other state agencies.

The custom dates back to at least the days of former Governor George Pataki, and is seen as a way to, on paper , keep down costs in the governor’s office while benefiting from more staff.

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The state’s governor and senior senator teamed up to urge New York’s Congressional delegation to oppose a provision in the federal tax overhaul plan that they say could be harmful to the state’s taxpayers and New York’s economy.

Speaking outside a suburban home in Albany County, Senator Chuck Schumer and Governor Andrew Cuomo called the federal plan to get rid of the state and local tax deductions “double taxation”. Schumer says middle class New Yorkers will pay more money in taxes each year if the proposal is approved.

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New York’s Democratic lawmakers are vowing to fight  President Trump’s  tax overhaul proposal, perhaps even in court.  Meanwhile, a think tank’s analysis finds some middle class New Yorkers could actually save a small amount of money under the income tax portion of the plan.  

Governor Cuomo said the tax overhaul plan and  the proposal to eliminate state and local tax deductions from federal income taxes would  be “devastating” to New York.

It is a tax increase plan,” Cuomo said on Long Island Thursday. “Period”.

Cuomo said he might sue.

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Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner is considering a possible challenge to Governor Andrew Cuomo in a Democratic primary for the 2018 governor’s race.  Miner says if she does run for governor, it won’t be a conventional campaign.

Gov. Cuomo Takes on National Issues

Sep 21, 2017
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Governor Andrew Cuomo is again wading into national issues this week. He’s had a press conference against the latest attempt in the U.S. Senate to repeal the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. And he met with the governors of California and Washington State to discuss steps to slow climate change.In both cases, the governor says he’s addressing the matters because the actions or, in the case of climate change, inactions, in Washington have a harmful impact on New York.

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