January 20th – On the 19th local time, New York Governor Cuomo warned incoming Biden that he would file a lawsuit if the federal government could not provide $15 billion in pandemic assistance to New York State to help New York State balance its budget.
According to the New York Post and Russian Satellite News Agency, Cuomo said at the 2021-2022 budget report conference that “The reason why New York State was hit hard by the pandemic in the spring of 2019 was due to the negligence of the federal government.
Now Trump is leaving, but the losses suffered by New York State still exist.
The new federal government did not directly cause losses in New York State, but they have a legal, moral and political responsibility to correct such behavior.
If the new federal government doesn’t provide $15 billion in aid to New York State, we’ll file a lawsuit.”
The New York state government expects a $59 billion budget gap by 2022 due to the pandemic’s tax losses and a significant increase in state government service programs.
Cuomo said that if Biden fails to keep his promise, social services will face drastic cuts.
In addition, New York State needs to cut $2 billion from school allocations, $600 million from Medicaid, and cut local government spending by 5% across the board, including New York City.