Governor Andrew Cuomo may have managed to sell his tax code overhaul to Albany lawmakers, but voters aren’t so sure about the plan. However, the lukewarm reaction to the tax plan hasn’t affected the governor’s approval rating. According to a new Quinnipiac poll, 68% of New Yorkers approve of the job the governor is doing, but only 38% of voters gave a thumb’s up to the state’s new tax rates.
Steve McLaughlin, one of the eight Assemblymen who voted against Governor Cuomo’s tax plan, outlined his opposition in a posting on Facebook. “This bill was a shell game that changed nothing, cut no spending, and increased taxes,” Assemblyman McLaughlin wrote.
Influential New York Post columnist Fred Dicker isn’t exactly pleased with Governor Cuomo’s new tax plan, but he’s admittedly impressed with the political maneuvering that got the deal done. On his radio show this morning, Mr. Dicker aired his opinion of the state tax code overhaul. ”Some might suggest that the governor and Senator Dean Skelos involved themselves in a sneak attack on New York taxpayers with this deal that really kind of came out of the blue,” Mr. Dicker said.