Over the weekend, Governor Andrew Cuomo said that he believed that Upstate New York was stabilizing as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.
“The curve of the increase continues to plateau,” he said on Saturday. “We believe we have stabilized Upstate. Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it it’s the end of the beginning.”
Cuomo announced that he would be pressing the state’s congressional delegation to repeal SALT, the cap on state and local tax deductions that went into effect through the 2018 tax reform bill.
The maximum SALT deduction is now $10,000. Prior to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, there was no limit.
He said that federal stimulus is going to be crucial moving forward. “You want to help New York? Then repeal the SALT provision, which was a gratuitous, offensive provision, in my opinion,” Cuomo added.
“Many legal issues are going to stem from this,” Cuomo warned. “You’re going to have a host of legal issues that people will need help on. Look at an SBA loan application and tell me how easy it is to fill out.”
That’s why Cuomo is asking for help soliciting pro bono attorneys.
The Governor didn’t provide much more context to his assertion that Upstate is beginning to stabilize. A number of counties have asked for residents to voluntarily shelter-in-place for most of April as part of the broader effort to slow COVID-19.