In December 2014, New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms dubbed Gov. Andrew Cuomo “Governor Grinch” after he vetoed a proposed tax deduction for parents adopting a child from the foster care system. At the time, Gov. Cuomo defended his veto by claiming that the proposed deduction should have been included in the state budget.
Unfortunately, the Governor has continued his Grinch-like ways in 2017. Bill S.6089-Marcellino/A.7833-Cusick, the Mandated Services Reimbursement Bill, would have protected nonpublic schools—including Christian schools—from being subjected to cuts in state reimbursements for services the state requires such schools to perform. Gov. Cuomo vetoed this legislation on December 18, 2017. As he did with the adoption tax deduction bill in 2014, the Governor attempted to justify his veto of the Mandated Services Reimbursement Bill by arguing that it ought to have been included in the 2017 budget. This argument does not hold water; both the Senate and the Assembly addressed the issue of mandated service reimbursements in their respective one-house budget bills earlier this year, but the issue was not addressed in the final budget. If the Governor truly believed that mandated services reimbursement should have been included in the budget this year, he should have made sure it was included.
New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms is disappointed with Governor Grinch’s veto of the Mandated Services Reimbursement Bill. We call on the Governor and the Legislature to make sure that this legislation does not get left on the cutting room floor during budget negotiations in 2018.