Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin (R,C,I-Troy) continues to defend upstate New Yorkers against Gov. Cuomo’s threatening tirade earlier this week. Following the release of Congressional Republicans’ American Health Care Act (AHCA), the governor lashed out, stating that the new health care plan would devastate New York’s healthcare system. If the AHCA is passed, the governor has threatened an additional 26 percent income tax on the middle class. This threat comes after Gov. Cuomo’s budget proposal included $4.3 billion in discretionary funding.
“The governor’s threat to raise taxes on the middle class proves that his self-interest outweighs his duty to New Yorkers,” said McLaughlin. “Florida’s population currently stands at 19.9 million with an $83.5 billion state budget while New York has a $152 billion state budget with a smaller population. We have a massive state budget and our governor can’t even comprehend a way to eliminate tax increases for middle class families. I’m disturbed by the $2 billion increase in Gov. Cuomo’s discretionary spending proposal because it exacerbates government corruption. This money should be spent to benefit the state instead of its self-absorbed governor. This threat cannot be taken lightly and I will fight to hold Gov. Cuomo accountable for his ridiculous tax proposition.”