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Cuomo says NY has been bailing out other states for decades

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) said Monday that New York has been “bailing out” other states for years as he pushes the Trump administration and Congress for federal assistance for state and local governments amid the coronavirus pandemic. 

Cuomo called it “repugnant” to be discussing “dollars and cents” contributed by states, but said a tally would show New York repeatedly sending more money to the federal government than it receives. 

“It’s not the time to be saying ‘Well you put in a dollar more than I did, or I put in $5 more than you did.’ … But if you want to go to who’s getting bailed out and who paid what, nobody would be bailing out New York state,” Cuomo said during his daily briefing. 

“New York state has been bailing them out every year for decades. If you want to do an analysis of who is a giver and who is a taker, we are the number one giver,” he added. 

Cuomo said the state has paid $116 billion more than it received in federal spending since 2015, and for every $1 New York state gives to the federal government it receives 91 cents back.  

His remarks came after President Trump earlier Monday asked why should “taxpayers of America be bailing out poorly run states,” signaling he is turning away from supporting funding for cash-strapped states and cities in a new coronavirus relief bill. 

Trump used Illinois as “an example” in a tweet, and said “in all cases” the states he cited are “Democrat run and managed.” 

Trump, however, said he is still “open to discussing anything” and was “just asking.” 

Cuomo later said New York is the “number one donor state,” adding other “giver states” including New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut and California are among those looking for assistance while facing budget concerns amid the pandemic.

“Who are the taker states? Kentucky, southeast part of the country,” he said. 

“It’s not about money, but if you want to make it about money, you’re making a mistake because you’re going to lose on a tally sheet” Cuomo added. “And it’s not even going to be close.” 

Cuomo has been one of the most vocal governors pushing for federal funding for states and local governments. 

The funding is crucial, he said, to fund teachers, hospitals, police and fire. 

Trump last week indicated support for state and local funding, tweeting that he hoped future coronavirus legislation would include “fiscal relief to State/Local governments for lost revenues from COVID 19.” 

The most recent coronavirus bill did not include funding for state and local governments despite urging from both Republican and Democratic governors.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) last week said states should have the option to file for bankruptcy, sparking pushback from Cuomo and other governors.

Tags Andrew Cuomo Coronavirus Donald Trump Mitch McConnell New York

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