Gov. Cuomo’s proposal to change the state tax code to get around the loss of deductions under the new federal law is “the work of a mind severed from reason and reality,” GOP gubernatorial candidate John DeFrancisco said Monday.
DeFrancisco claimed the proposal to create 2,287 charitable organizations for taxpayers to fund government services — designed as an end-run around the new $10,000 limit on state and local tax deductions — is “legally dubious.”
Cuomo also recommended a voluntary payroll tax as a substitute for the state income tax.
“This is a solution to a problem that doesn’t exist. The solution is worse than the problem,” DeFrancisco during a press conference at Marriott Marquis in Times Square.
“I don’t think the federal government is that stupid. There’s no way the federal government will approve this in a million years.”
At one point, he referenced Jimmy McMillan, who once ran governor under the “Rent is Too Damn High” banner.
He said the real solution is for New York government to cut taxes and spending. He said he would run government more effectively and cut Medicaid and slash education bureaucracy.
“Taxes and spending are too damn high,” DeFrancisco said.
The Democratic Party defended Cuomo and attacked De Francisco, first elected to the state Senate in 1992, as out of touch.
“The Senate Republicans are putting their extreme conservative party ideology over the interests of their constituents and passing the Trump tax increase onto hard working New Yorkers — raising their taxes 25 percent by ending tax deductions for state and local taxes,” said party executive director Geoff Berman.
“Fortunately voters will have the last say come November.”