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Molinaro criticizes GOP tax bill and Cuomo

Dec 08, 2017 12:35 pm
Jimmy Vielkind reports at Politico that Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro, a Republican, is publicly denouncing the GOP tax plan currently be discussed in Washington D.C.. The bill would “punish” New York taxpayers, Molinaro said. But he also criticized Gov. Andrew Cuomo who has called New York Republicans voting for the bill “Benedict Arnolds,” because the bill would “rape and pillage” the state. He also said Republicans such as John Faso should not just vote against the bill, but resign in protest. “It’s counterproductive and it’s inappropriate. It’s not becoming from a president or a governor,” said Molinaro. The Dutchess County Republican may challenge Cuomo in next year’s gubernatorial election. “To say to people that your political position is akin to treason if, in fact, you hope to have those people work [doesn’t] provide real leadership to resolve a problem.” Cuomo, Molinaro, and Faso all oppose the end of tax deductions for state and local taxes in the proposal. “Why would a Republican congressman from a state that you are dismembering take part in it?” Cuomo asked. Read the full story at Politico.