The governor of the US state of New York, Andrew Cuomo, accused on Wednesday the federal government of Washington and the legislators of both houses of promoting a “toxic environment” for the country and he reproached some Republican senators for calling the “blue bailouts” the measures called for by states governed by Democrats, as the response to the health crisis should be treated as a “bipartisan” issue.
Cuomo offered his daily appearance in Washington after meeting at the White House with the President of the United States, Donald Trump, and asked the federal government to “do its part” in this crisis.
“I understand that the states are responsible for the reopens, the tests, the traces, the operation of the sanitary systems, but Washington and the federal government have to do their part,” reflected the Democratic leader, who insisted that there cannot be a national recovery if states and local administrations are not properly financed.
Cuomo warned that if Democratic and Republican lawmakers fail in their efforts to better fund states they would be forced to cut essential services like health and education in a context where they will likely have to face a new outbreak of the virus.
“Is the time now? How would it help the nation if the states most affected by the coronavirus represent about a third of the national Gross Domestic Product (GDP)?” Cuomo questioned.
Also, the New York governor reproached his “hypocrisy” to the Republican senators who are opposed to improving state funding because, he said, “it is anti-American and ugly” at the same time that he called to consider which states give more money to the rest and which they receive less than what they contribute.
“They will not like the answer because New York is the state that contributes the most to the public coffers compared to what it receives. We contributed about $ 29 billion more than we received,” said the New York governor.
“And who sticks his hand the deepest?” Asked Cuomo, who showed a slide that ranked Virginia as the state that receives the most compared to its contribution ($ 82 billion), along with Maryland ($ 42 billion). ) or Kentucky (37,000 million).
He also accused Republican senators of hypocrites after “worsening” the system of redistribution of wealth between states by approving a modification so that states like New York or California had to contribute even more money to the federal government.
“Stop abusing New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Illinois or California, which are the states that have dealt with the consequences of the coronavirus the most,” Cuomo defended, adding that these territories “are not to blame” for anyone having warned that “the virus came from Europe and not from China”.
THE CURVE CONTINUES DOWN
Regarding the number of daily deaths, Tuesday’s figures yielded similar data to the previous day, with a total of 74 deaths accounted for on Tuesday compared to 73 on Monday, which places the state with a total of 29,302 deaths for the virus.
In this sense, the number of new cases has also decreased again, with 181 positives detected during Tuesday compared to 201 the previous day, and hospitalizations and intubations have also decreased.
“We do not want to reopen the economy for its own sake, but to return stronger than before. We are facing the start of a new chapter that began yesterday with the reopening of the Wall Street floor,” said Cuomo.
On the other hand, the leader foresees “collateral damage” for small businesses and insisted on his program to boost infrastructures to stimulate the economy, as he believed was done after the Great Depression of 1929.
THE CITY WARNS ABOUT ITS FINANCING
In his daily press conference, the Mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio, also warned of the financing problems facing the city and admitted that, due to the health crisis, the deficit in the public coffers of his administration it had gone from $ 7.4 billion to about $ 9 billion.
Without federal aid, de Blasio said, they would be forced to make “very painful” decisions that will affect the quality of life in the city and the council’s ability to provide basic services.
“We have spent a lot of time, energy, heart, soul and money fighting the coronavirus, often alone and without help from the federal government,” de Blasio complained, adding that they are still waiting for news from the US president or the majority leader. in the Senate, Republican Mitch McConnell.
To date, the United States has registered 1,691,342 positive cases of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus with 99,724 deaths.