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Gov. Cuomo Condemns Senate Passage Of GOP Tax Bill

Governor Andrew Cuomo
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is blasting Senate Republicans for advancing their tax overhaul legislation.

Speaking before departing for an aid trip to Puerto Rico Saturday morning, the Democratic Governor said the tax plan is “old-style conservative trickle-down theory.”

“They stayed up through the night to pass the ‘Help the Rich People Tax Plan.’ Why didn’t you stay up to pass the ‘Help the Desperate People of Puerto Rico Recovery Act?’ Their priorities are totally misplaced.”

Six weeks after Hurricane Maria, one third of Puerto Rican households are still without power.

Cuomo and other Democratic governors have rallied against the plan that would eliminate state and local income tax deductions for middle class families.

An amendment from Maine Republican Senator Susan Collins included in the bill would allow taxpayers to deduct up to $10,000 in state and local taxes.

Lucas Willard is a reporter and host at WAMC Northeast Public Radio, which he joined in 2011.
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