[guest post by JVW]
At his regular news conference yesterday, Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York addressed the issue of taxing those health workers from out of state who have come to New York to provide badly-needed aid at the epicenter of the COVID-19 crisis in the United States:
Reporter: Governor, this President specifically said the Democrat led states, “Have been mismanaged over a long period of time.” What’s your reaction to that? What role do you want the President to try to get to to tango? And have you considered waiving the state tax on emergency workers who volunteered to come here from out of state?
Gov. Cuomo: Yeah. We’re not in a position to provide any more subsidies right now because we have a $13 billion deficit. So there’s a lot of good things I would like to do, and if we get federal funding, we can do. But it would be irresponsible for me to sit here looking at a $13 billion deficit and say I’m going to spend more money when I can’t even pay the essential services. If we don’t get money from Washington, we can’t fund schools at the rate we want to fund them. So, we are in dire financial need.
For the life of me I don’t understand why Andrew Cuomo was almost immediately hailed as a hero in the early days of this pandemic. True, the far-far left continues to voice skepticism of a man who they believe (justifiably) is at heart a crony capitalist, but the last remaining Democrats who don’t worship at the altar of Bernie Sanders somehow have managed to turn a compromised fixer from a wretched machine into a Tiger Beat heartthrob and a viable replacement for the befuddled old codger that they are on the verge of nominating.
As I mentioned in an earlier post, the hard part for blue state governors (and, frankly, red state governors too) might not be managing the pandemic and health aspects of the crisis, it could well be managing the budgetary fallouts from the business closures that they have staunchly — even if reluctantly — supported. Already school districts across the country trying to plan for the 2020-21 academic year are facing budget cuts which will likely lead to teacher layoffs, so Ms. Soccer Mom and Mr. PTA Dad will quickly be made aware of the impact that the “if it saves just one life” mindset has on their communities and, inevitably, their own pocketbooks.