Not much new from King Cuomo’s presser today. The bottom line is he wants money to do stuff but he doesn’t have a plan yet on where to spend it. All he knows is that he has a bunch of people (and unions) rapping at his heals that they want to be fed.
“Moreover, Congress must appropriate an additional $500 billion specifically for all states and territories to meet the states’ budgetary shortfalls that have resulted from this unprecedented public health crisis. This critical stabilization funding for states must be separate from much-needed fiscal stabilization for local governments.
“In the absence of unrestricted fiscal support of at least $500 billion from the federal government, states will have to confront the prospect of significant reductions to critically important services all across this country, hampering public health, the economic recovery, and — in turn — our collective effort to get people back to work.
A reporter asked how much New York State needed out of that and the governor said that level of detail hasn’t been worked out. Another asked how the money should be distributed and his answer was by where the need is — which, of course, is in New York.
This must drive President Trump nuts since the governors are asking for an awful lot of money but really don’t have any idea of how much or what they’ll use it for.
….testing that you should be doing. We have given New York far more money, help and equipment than any other state, by far, & these great men & women who did the job never hear you say thanks. Your numbers are not good. Less talk and more action!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 17, 2020
I’m thinking King Cuomo is going to find this a bit annoying — but the president is right. Governor Cuomo is trying to find a way to micromanage everything, kind of a Democrat “thing,” when what he needs to do is just start and make adjustments. And as he needs money, I’m sure the president knows where to get some.
This is one of those “how to you eat an elephant?” situations. If you look at how large the problem actually is, you’ll never get started. He needs to prioritize and starting picking off problems to solve and he needs to ask whether the state is right one to solve it. For instance, in one slide he points out that there are 301 laboratories in the state and they need to “operate in a coordinated strategy” for testing purposes. NO THEY DON’T! These are very smart people who will make adjustments and invent procedures so that their facilities are used to best advantage and no one facility is overloaded. Sometimes, Governor, you just have to trust that the people will do what’s right without the government believing they can do it better!