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BRONX TIMES REPORTER, A 12 PR. 23-29, 2021 BTR
July 20, 2020- Savannah, GA- Governor Andrew M. Cuomo answers questions from the media
about the benefi ts of wearing a mask to keep CoVid-19 from spreading during a meeting
Savannah Mayor Van Johnson, right, in Savannah, Ga., Monday July 20, 2020 in Savannah,
Ga. (Photos by Stephen B. Morton)
BY BRONX TIMES
When a person’s blood pressure
rises, their doctor is quick to offer
many pieces of advice for how to
lower it. One of those keys is almost
always to cut the salt from one’s
That direction also applies to the
state of New York’s fi nances, which
are under tremendous pressure
from the COVID-19 pandemic. On
Monday, Governor Andrew Cuomo
offered the same advice of a cardiologist
— “Cut the SALT” — as a remedy
toward easing the high pressure
on the state economy.
Only he wasn’t talking about
high-sodium food. Cuomo spoke of
the State and Local Tax Deduction
(SALT) limits enacted during the
former presidential administration
which has cost New York taxpayers
— and the state government — big.
Passed in 2017, the SALT deduction
limits the amount of state and
local taxes that someone can deduct
on their federal tax return — capping
it at $10,000 for single fi lers or
married couples fi ling jointly. This
has proven disastrous not just for
the taxpayers, but also for states like
According to the state government,
the SALT changes cost New
York up to $15.3 billion in new revenue
since 2017. That particularly
hurts the Empire State, which is
now battling a $2 billion budget defi -
cit even with the infl ux of new federal
aid from the American Rescue
What’s more, as Cuomo and other
Democratic leaders across the country
have said, the SALT changes were
politically unfair to “blue states” of
the Union, as it disproportionately
affected them in contrast to more
rural, Republican “red states.”
The SALT deduction must end,
and on Monday, Cuomo put further
pressure on the Biden Administration
and Congressional Democrats
to make it happen. That came a day
after Queens Congressman Gregory
Meeks reportedly said he would only
support Biden’s new “American Jobs
Plan,” which includes up to $2 trillion
in infrastructure programs, if
the administration agreed to get rid
It’s refreshing to see members of
a political party unafraid to speak
truth to one of their own in power.
We have confi dence that President
Biden will hear their appeals and do
the right thing.
SALT has proven to be an undue
burden on the taxpayers of New
York, and on the government serving
them. It’s time for the federal
government to cut the SALT and
help rescue our economy.
Cut the SALT