Cuomo keeping options open on use of surplus windfall
For the first time in several years, New York has a surplus of three to four billion dollars. Governor Cuomo says he’s still looking at options on how best to use it.
The state has recently been the beneficiary of a windfall from major lawsuit settlements with several banks and insurance companies. After years of running a debt or breaking even, New York now has over four billion additional dollars, say Governor Cuomo. Cuomo says he’s still thinking about the best use for the money.
“We have some building to do,” Cuomo said. “We could do more for infrastructure, we could do more to invest in education, and we could do more to cut taxes.”
Cuomo would not say whether some of the money might go towards the rebuilding of the Tappan Zee Bridge. His administration has not yet revealed a full financial plan for the multi-billion dollar project.
New York may lose some of the surplus, though. The federal government is demanding that the state return $1.3 billion dollars in Medicaid funds that it says was overspent. The governor’s budget office is appealing the decision, but says in its quarterly financial plan that there “can be no assurance that the State will be successful”.