Rick Scott, Andrew Cuomo continue bailout funding feud
Andrew Cuomo speaks against a backdrop of medical supplies at the Jacob Javits Center. Image via AP.

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The Senator finds a foil in the Empire State.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo didn’t hold back from denouncing a U.S. Senator from Florida on Wednesday. And that Senator gave back in kind.

The Democrat, who had a productive meeting with President Donald Trump about federally funded infrastructure projects, was stinging about Sen. Rick Scott‘s recurrent assertions that New York was looking to get paid on the backs of Florida taxpayers during the coronacrisis.

Scott and others, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, “are lying,” Cuomo told reporters at the National Press Club a couple of blocks from Capitol Hill.

“They know that they take more money … They make it personal to New York and they’re lying.”

Cuomo contended weeks back that Scott, by saying New York was taking from Florida, was “playing the American people.” But that didn’t end the long-running feud, so much as formalize the engagement.

The Senator’s arguments, delivered with metronomic regularity since that statement, clearly have continued to nettle Cuomo, whose meeting with Trump and statements today earned a sharp rejoinder from Scott.

“Today, Governor Cuomo came to DC to beg for a bailout from Florida taxpayers and 48 other states. The federal government has already provided more than $1 trillion in funding and loans to states and local governments to reimburse them for costs associated with the pandemic. This is a FACT,” the Senator noted.

“Congress will continue to do what is necessary to help our country recover. What we won’t do, as long as I am a member of the U.S. Senate, is use a health crisis and taxpayer money to bail out poorly run states like Governor Cuomo’s New York,” Scott vowed, before addressing what he called the “donor state/taker state lie”

“The amount of federal taxes paid and federal benefits received by taxpayers has absolutely nothing to do with the management of state budgets,” Scott said, going on to note that “New York has 2 million fewer people than Florida, but their budget is nearly twice as big.”

“Why? Reckless, irresponsible fiscal mismanagement,” Scott said.

The Senator has jousted with Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on Capitol Hill, comparing Schumer to Bernie Madoff after Schumer likened Scott to former President Herbert Hoover.

But that’s just a side feud. For Scott, Cuomo seems to be the riper target, allowing for contrast between his tenure as Governor during a prolonged period of economic stability and Cuomo’s tougher choices in the coronavirus-driven collapse of the American economy.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has been a correspondent for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. In 2018, he was a finalist for an Association of Alternative Newsweeklies "best political column." He can be reached at [email protected]


3 comments

  • Frankie M.

    May 27, 2020 at 7:41 pm

    Not sure why Cuomo doesn’t ignore Ricky like everyone else? Don’t feed the animals at the zoo. Be magnanimous. Encourage those snowbirds from NY to choose Arizona over Floriduh when it’s time for their golden years. See how quickly ricky gets amnesia.

  • Pat Trombly

    May 28, 2020 at 10:47 am

    Cuomo is confusing state-resident taxpayers with state GOVERNMENT.

    It’s true that residents of NY state, because we generally earn higher incomes (driven in part because of the higher cost of living here), are fleeced by DC.

    But we’re fleeced by Albany, too!

    The state government is not the same as a state’s residents!

    NY state population has been flat over the last decade.

    But the NY state government budget has increased at 3X the rate of inflation!

    That too has fallen on the backs of NY residents!

    Cuomo has “balanced the budget” during this time. But NY state government revenue is highly cyclical, just like NYC government revenue, because of Wall Street. When an investment banker spends his boom-time bonus at the Hamptons, and says “but look, I saved $25K this year,” we know that when the next correction happens – which is only a matter of time – he will realize that spending almost all of his windfall was not frugality. Cuomo has done the same thing – spending the revenue windfall during the boom-times, rather than capping spending growth at a reasonable rate, such as maybe TWICE the rate of inflation, or 1.5X the rate of inflation, for a state that has no population growth! Cuomo is realizing that now – but doesn’t want to accept it.

  • TED KRUZE

    May 28, 2020 at 11:44 am

    As usual – Scott is full of sheet! On the “Givers” and “Takers” list – FLORIDA IS #5 ON THE “TAKERS” LIST!

    For every $1.00 Floridians pay in federal taxes – FLORIDA GETS #7.08 BACK!

    The biggest “takers” are the Jesusland states – the Bible Belt – The Confederate States of America – the Red States!

    IN TRUTH – the 20 or so Blue States pay the tab for the 30 or so Red States.

    Scott is full of sheet!

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