In fact, Malloy said he believes "blue" states that mostly vote for Democrats were intentionally targeted by the Republican bill.
Litigators will zero in on the elimination of full SALT deductibility - a "blatantly partisan and unlawful attack on NY that uses our hardworking families and tax dollars as a piggy bank to pay for tax cuts for corporations and other states", according to Cuomo.
The new federal tax law negatively affects wealthy New Yorkers because they tend to itemize their deductions and the new higher standard deduction is not enough to cover what they pay in state and local taxes.
"This coalition will take the federal government to court to protect our residents from this assault".
Malloy said, for example, that the majority of the money raised through property taxes in CT go to fund education, and the federal government shouldn't have a role in that process. 17 lead story indicates that he is considering a statewide payroll tax on employers that could effectively replace the state income tax. "In short, hundreds of thousands of residents could see a tax increase even as their property values decrease".
Murphy said states need to fight back against the Republican policies in Washington.
And it does so "in violation of the Constitution", the statement adds, prompting Cuomo to initiate a "three-pronged effort to fight the federal tax assault".
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In the announcement, Cuomo suggested that the federal government purposefully attacked certain states.
"I have a tremendous respect for the process and believe the process should be respected", he said. "It is why we are standing up and saying this can't happen".
A message left with the Trump administration was not immediately returned. Putting additional taxes on the backs of NY employers is certainly not the answer.
Legal experts have expressed doubt that a lawsuit over the tax law, and more specifically over the limitations on deductions, would be successful.
Moreover, New York's income tax is progressive, meaning those who earn the most income pay the most in state income taxes. Coincidentally have virtually no representation in the United States Senate.
New York's Eric Schneiderman and Minnesota's Lori Swanson announced Friday that the lawsuit filed in Manhattan federal court accuses the Department of Health and Human Services of withholding more than $1 billion. The bill would allow taxpayers to make a charitable donation to the California Excellence Fund instead of paying certain state taxes. Workers would receive a taxable income that would be the same as if they could claim the SALT deduction.