Governor Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) joined CNN's Alyson Camerota on Thursday to discuss the "devilish" GOP tax reform, and how the new $10,000 cap on state and local tax deductions is an attack on blue states.
"One of the really devilish things in the bill, is they eliminate the deductibility of state and local taxes, which sounds like a mouthful, but what it says is up until now, for over 100 years, you paid a state tax, you paid a local tax, you deducted that from your federal tax. They're eliminating that. So you're now paying two taxes -- you pay a tax to the state, or a tax to the local government. And then the federal government taxes that tax," the governor explained.
"And it happens to occur coincidentally on only blue states. Only Democratic states."
"The Senate has no senators from Democratic states, blue states. This tax provision hits the blue states by eliminating the state and local tax deductibility, and uses that money to finance the tax cut in the red states," he said. "This is the most partisan, divisive legislation we have ever seen."
"There's always politics in the crafting of legislation," he said. "But this was an egregious obnoxious -- what the Senate is saying is: Because we have no senators from the blue states, we don't care. So let's pillage the blue to give to the red. That has never been done in this nation before... You wanna hurt New York? You wanna hurt California? They're the economic engines. How are you going to grow the economy after you put a dagger in the heart of New York and California? It is all politics, all the time."
Cuomo made the same case on CNBC: