While Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (whose close friend and fellow activist Cori Bush just upset a longtime incumbent in a Missouri Congressional primary earlier this week) pushes for a ‘first-in-the- nation’ wealth tax that most reasonable people fear would destroy the state’s tax base by driving the billionaires and multimillionaires who finance more than half of the state’s budget to leave, NY Gov Andrew Cuomo is begging rich people to “please come back” to NYC.
During a briefing earlier this week, Cuomo shared an amusing anecdote with reporters as he tried to illustrate the importance of retaining wealthy taxpayers during a period of fiscal crisis (remember, NY is seeking $60 billion in federal money to plug a gaping hole in its budget). Cuomo said that he had been calling up wealthy New Yorkers and asking them to please return to the city from their second homes out in the Hamptons, or Palm Beach, or Greenwich.
“I literally talk to people all day long who are now in their Hamptons house who also lived here, or in their Hudson Valley house, or in their Connecticut weekend house, and I say, ‘You got to come back! We’ll go to dinner! I’ll buy you a drink! Come over, I’ll cook!’” Cuomo said.