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Cuomo: Report predicts $61B deficit over 4 years

Apr 24, 2020

Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivers his daily COVID-19 briefing Friday.
Credit Governor Cuomo's office

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s budget office is due to release an updated financial report, and the numbers are grim.

Cuomo said the pandemic and the resulting “economic tsunami” caused by stay-at-home orders has meant a 14% drop in state revenues to $13.3 billion, which is projected to total $61 billion over the next four years.  

“And what you are going to see is what we expected,” Cuomo said.  

The governor said federal aid for the states will be necessary to close the gap, and he again called out U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who suggested that states with budget deficits due to the coronavirus should declare bankruptcy.

Cuomo said it’s illegal for states to declare bankruptcy, so he said Congress would have to pass a law to allow it. 

“Pass the law, I dare you, and then go to the president and say, 'Sign this bill,’ ” Cuomo said. “You want to send a signal to the markets that this nation is in real trouble? You want to send an international message that the economy is in turmoil? Do that.” 

The governor has said he might have to cut funding to schools, hospitals and local governments by 20%, but he said Friday that no decision has been made.