Cuomo Plans To Limit State Spending To Deal With Budget Gap

Steve Burns
January 21, 2020 - 6:57 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday revealed his latest budget proposal as he tries to deal with a huge deficit.

As WCBS 880’s Steve Burns reports, the Democrat is staring down a $6 billion budget gap and is now pumping the brakes on spending in New York State.

“They say ‘oh, you're going to have to cut,’” he said. “No. You're going to have to reduce the rate of growth.”

Cuomo's proposed budget totals $178 billion – which amounts to a $2 billion increase over the 2019 proposal. The governor says the number comes after a concerted effort to rein in any new speeding.

“You can be a progressive and you can be fiscally sound,” Cuomo said.

He believes rising Medicaid costs are almost entirely to blame for the deficit.

Cuomo says he's convening a team that'll work to find some savings and warned localities to keep costs down or they may have to foot more of the bill.

“Local governments have to have a financial stake in the game,” Cuomo said.

Other proposals the governor mentioned in his hour-long address include adding a domestic terrorism statute following the Monsey attack, keeping repeat sex offenders off the subway and taking another shot at legalizing marijuana.

“I believe it is best done in the budget,” Cuomo told reporters.

He also said changes to bail reform should happen, but didn't go into specifics.