Well, there’s some Democrat gratitude for you.
When the CCP virus hit New York with a vengeance, Governor Cuomo made an appeal to healthcare workers across the nation to come to the COVID-19 “hot spot” and help with the emergency situation that they found themselves in.
Thousands of healthcare workers heard the call and answered it.
Here is Governor Cuomo praising the 21,000 out-of-state healthcare workers that volunteered to come to assist in New York.
NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo: "We've requested out-of-state health care workers. God bless America, 21,000 people have volunteered from out of state to come into New York." pic.twitter.com/Vr5Bc1dlwe
— The Hill (@thehill) April 2, 2020
New Yorkers will return the favor, huh?
Well, it turns out… not so much.
Health care workers that came to New York to help fight the coronavirus pandemic at its epicenter will have to pay state taxes, according to the governor.
Paying New York State income tax applies even if they are being paid by their home state employer.
That’s a fine, “Thanks so much!” isn’t it?
This is all a political chess game, however.
Governor Cuomo is trying to shift the blame onto Republicans who are hesitant to institute bailouts of states in pandemic relief funding.
This is Cuomo’s way of guilting the feds into funding states, which really means that Washington, not New York would fit the bill.
“We’re not in a position to provide any subsidies right now because we have a $13 billion deficit,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. “So there’s a lot of good things I’d 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 gonna spend more money, when I can’t even pay the essential services.”
Even though the state government asked thousands of people to come to New York from out of state to help fight coronavirus, they will have to pay New York state taxes, even on income they might make from their home states that they’re paid while in New York.
Cuomo said he needs help from Washington in order to cover budget deficits from COVID-19, let alone subsidize state income tax for essential workers that flocked to New York’s aid.
“If we don’t get more money from Washington, we can’t fund schools, right, so at the rate we want to fund them. We are in dire financial need,” he said.
Yes, everyone needs financial help because of the coronavirus situation because businesses have been shut down. And who did the shutting down, Gov. Cuomo?
Where does he think that this state bailout money is going to come? The Magic Federal Funding Fairy?
Businesses are shut down–at government insistence–and millions of people are unemployed. How are they going to pay taxes if they’re receiving benefits from the government?
Cuomo is a Democrat, so he probably doesn’t understand that.
The tax issue came up when Samaritan’s Purse opened the temporary hospital in Central Park.
Ken Isaacs, a vice president of Samaritan’s Purse, said that it was brought to his attention when his financial comptroller called him and told him that there is a law in New York that someone who works in the state for more than 14 days is subject to state income tax. He’s concerned about the red-tape that could follow.
A top New York City certified public accountant explained the situation further in a FaceTime interview with PIX11 News at the time.
Entities from “these other states will have to register in New York,” said Lawrence Spielman, a partner at the accounting firm Spielman, Koenigsberg & Parker, LLP, “and do withholding here in New York.”
Any out-of-state resident who’s come to the Empire State to work on coronavirus relief is subject to the tax after 14 days here.
Source: WPIX 11
Governor Cuomo is being praised for calling for bipartisanship and the de-politicization of the CCP pandemic–but he’s doing just that.
In this very same COVID briefing, Gov. Cuomo called out the President and Republicans for not wanting to fund “blue states.” Is that not politicization? You betcha!
The Media(D) will never call him out on it, though.
Watch the whole COVID briefing here: