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Cuomo to Covid Volunteers: Pay Up

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Cuomo to Covid Volunteers: Pay Up

The Wall Street Journal May 8, 2020
EconomicsTaxBudget
Urban PolicyNYC

The governor imposes New York income taxes on the health-care workers from other states who answered his call to come fight coronavirus.

When Gov. Andrew Cuomo appealed in March for health-care workers to come to New York and help fight the Covid-19 epidemic, some 21,000 people from around the country volunteered. Thousands came, toiling under difficult conditions and earning the admiration of New Yorkers.

Now these workers are learning they’ll make another contribution to the state. Mr. Cuomo said earlier this week they’ll have to pay state taxes on income earned while they were in New York. Heroes a few weeks ago, they are now pawns in a struggle between Mr. Cuomo and Washington.

“If we don’t get more money from Washington, we can’t fund schools at the rate we want to fund them. We are in dire financial need,” Mr. Cuomo said in explaining why the state couldn’t afford to provide what he called “subsidies” to guest workers.

Continue reading the entire piece here at The Wall Street Journal (paywall)

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Steven Malanga is the George M. Yeager Fellow at the Manhattan Institute and a senior editor at City Journal. This piece was adapted from City Journal.

Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images

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