Gov. Andrew Cuomo is already shifting blame for if property taxes, tolls, and transit fees are forced to increase on the other side of the Coronavirus Pandemic.
“The state budget this year is effectively being crafted this year by the Congress people and the United States senators,” Cuomo said on Tuesday.
The Governor is putting pressure on lawmakers in Congress to come up with a plan that covers the losses that states like New York have seen amid the pandemic.
While businesses have been able to reopen, the economy is moving at a snail’s pace compared to past years.
He called on Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand to not give in to any Republican-led stimulus plan that doesn’t include aid for states, or sufficient aid for states.
Meanwhile, some lawmakers are simply concerned about getting a deal done that keeps money flowing to low wage workers who have been hit hardest by the pandemic.
“There is nothing conceptual or abstract to this exercise,” he said. “It is going to have a dramatic practical effect on New Yorkers and I want New Yorkers to know the consequences because I want our federal representatives held accountable.”
Cuomo said on Tuesday that higher taxes, more cuts, and loss of major programs will all be likely if federal funding is not achieved.
Among those changes higher tolls on the Thruway, and higher property taxes.