The state of New York will levy income tax on out-of-state medical workers who came to help during the coronavirus crisis, a decision the governor attributed to the state's pending budget shortfalls.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo said on Tuesday that the state's dire financial situation calls for extraordinary measures, equating a tax break with a "subsidy:"
"We're not in a position to provide any subsidies right now because we have a $13 billion deficit. So there's a lot of good things I'd like to do, and if we get federal funding, we can do, but it would be irresponsible for me to sit here looking at a $13 billion deficit and say I'm gonna spend more money when I can't even pay the essential services."
A New York law dictates that any individual or organization working in the state for more than two weeks is liable for state income tax.