New York’s Democrat governor Andrew Cuomo is set to become the highest paid governor in the United States. It’s not clear what exactly he has done to earn such a distinction.
The New York Post reports:
Andrew Cuomo to become the highest-paid governor in the US
Even with Albany passing a $175 billion budget underpinned by a series of new taxes, there’s at least one New Yorker whose bank account will be better off: Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
Lawmakers voted in the wee hours of Monday morning to hike Cuomo’s salary to $250,000 by 2021, making him the highest-paid governor in the nation.
Voting largely along party lines, the Senate signed off on the raise around 2:45 a.m. in a 35-24 vote.
The Assembly followed at 7 a.m., approving the raise by a margin of 92-46.
Cuomo’s compensation will jump from a 2018 salary of $179,500 to $200,000 this year, $225,000 in 2020 and $250,000 in 2021 — good enough to leave California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s current high of $202,000 in the dust.
Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul will also get a bump to $220,000 by 2021. She was making $151,500 last year.
It’s ironic that Cuomo is being paid so much, considering how many people are trying to leave New York over high taxes.
And some of them claim they’re being subjected to audits for wanting to leave.
FOX News reported just last month:
As residents flee New York’s high taxes, state uses intrusive audits to get cash from defectors
New York state goes to extraordinary lengths to catch wealthy residents who try to flee its burdensome taxes, leaving a gaping hole in the state’s treasury.
The aggressive approach by state tax collectors comes as the Empire State faces a $2.3 billion budget deficit that even Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo called “as serious as a heart attack.”
Cuomo, a vocal critic of President Trump, blamed congressional Republicans for passing tax reforms that reduced the state and local tax deduction Americans can take on their annual income tax forms — meaning residents of high-tax blue states like New York have been feeling the pinch, sparking their exodus.
“This is the flip side. Tax the rich, tax the rich, tax the rich,” Cuomo said last month. “We did. Now, God forbid, the rich leave.”
But New York state auditors are doing their best to ensure that those fleeing the state’s high taxes will face difficulties, including being subjected to an audit — likely to be followed by a massive tax bill.
Does the governor of New York have any sense of shame?