GOP tax plan

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Governor Andrew Cuomo, who’s vowed to lead a campaign against the state’s Republican Congressional representatives in the 2018 elections, has spent the final weeks of 2017 feuding with them over their votes on the federal tax overhaul bill.

Cuomo has been saying for weeks that the overhaul would be “devastating” to New York’s finances, and to many of its taxpayers, and he’s called Republican house members who support the plan “traitors” and “Benedict Arnolds”.

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Syracuse-area congressmember John Katko says he’s very happy with the 10-year, $1.5 trillion dollar tax reform bill approved by Congress, especially with what he was able to persuade leadership to restore. 

"For example, the private activity bonds, which are key to hospitals and others; the historic preservation tax credit; and of course, all the things they were trying to do to tax students, which was crazy to me."

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Utica-area Congressmember Claudia Tenney says it appears the final tax reform bill will include most of the provisions she’s fought for over the past few weeks.  But that doesn’t mean she isn’t continuing to advocate for New York.  Tenney knows the legislation continues to change, and so far she says, it’s been for the better.

"There's a lot on it.  We're not sure what the final bill is going to look like, but it's been improved."     

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County leaders across New York are the latest to complain about the tax overhaul plan now being crafted in Congress. They predict higher taxes for many New Yorkers, declining home prices, and slowed economic growth.

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy says the federal tax bill will lead to many middle and upper class New Yorkers paying higher taxes, because of the proposed end to state and local tax deductions. And he says the state’s over $4 billion dollar projected deficit and potential funding cuts isn’t helping either.

“Brace yourselves,” McCoy said.

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Syracuse University Graduate Student employees Wednesday went public with their plans to unionize during what they say is a trying time at the university and under the Trump administration.  About 100 students and faculty braved the wind and cold outside Hendricks chapel to rally for organizing and against the republican tax reform plan.  Senior Janet Flores was among those to call on SU administrators to take a stronger stance against the legislation.

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The state’s governor and senior senator teamed up to urge New York’s Congressional delegation to oppose a provision in the federal tax overhaul plan that they say could be harmful to the state’s taxpayers and New York’s economy.

Speaking outside a suburban home in Albany County, Senator Chuck Schumer and Governor Andrew Cuomo called the federal plan to get rid of the state and local tax deductions “double taxation”. Schumer says middle class New Yorkers will pay more money in taxes each year if the proposal is approved.