Published: Wed, February 13, 2019

Trump, Cuomo discuss abortion, taxes, infrastructure in Oval Office meeting

Trump, Cuomo discuss abortion, taxes, infrastructure in Oval Office meeting

Cuomo was visiting the White House to discuss the $10,000 cap on federal deduction for state and local taxes (SALT), a provision he says is contributing to a dip of more than $2 billion in tax receipts.

Trump has said he wants Congress to pass a ban on late-term abortion of fetuses that "can feel pain in the mother's womb" - an unlikely proposition, given Democratic control of the U.S. House. He added that the session "demonstrates the president's willingness to meet regularly with our nation's governors".

"The President raised his concerns to Governor Cuomo about Democrats" support of late term abortions", deputy press secretary Judd Deere said in a Tuesday evening statement.

The limitation on SALT exacerbates the gap, Cuomo said. The cap effectively raises federal taxes on people who pay more in property taxes and state income tax.

Before they were done, Trump had shifted gears to a discussion of his concerns about the state's late-term abortion bill. New Yorkers are not entirely thrilled with the two Empire State Democrats. Democratic Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam also recently advocated for the policy, drawing a direct mention in Trump's State of the Union.


Cuomo says that change is prompting some wealthy residents to leave NY and leading to a worrisome drop in state revenue.

The Republican rollback of the deduction appeared to play a role in the party's midterm election losses.

Political interest in the issue is rising during the tax filing season, the first under the new tax law, as some taxpayers who were expecting to get a refund are finding out they instead owe money to the Internal Revenue Service. "But I'm not here to legislate religion".

The governor said NY already sends $35.6 billion more in tax revenues to Washington than it gets back.

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