Governor Cuomo responds to family rebates

Posted at: 04/02/2013 8:23 PM
By: Lynette Adams

Were you upset when you heard about the state rebates just for middle class families? For the first time, News10NBC asked Governor Cuomo why everyone is not getting a rebate.

The governor was at the Riverside Convention Center in downtown Rochester for a ceremonial signing of the budget.

The governor says the simple answer is, it all comes down to money. News10NBC heard from dozens saying this is not fair so we shared those concerns with the governor Tuesday.

News10NBC's Lynette Adams asked, “Governor, can we ask you about the state rebate? Some people like the elderly say its unfair that its only for families with children under 18. What about people like the elderly say they need the money?”

Governor Cuomo said, “The rebate is for middle class families. We've cut for everyone. It's the lowest tax rate in 60 years. This is for families with children under 18, and it's associated with the cost of raising children. We would like to do more, but it's a question of dollars.”

Families earning between $40,000 and $300,000 will receive this rebate check in 2014. The governor says this year's budget is all about jobs, education and the family. He says it aims to take less money from your table. Cuomo also said Tuesday afternoon there are all kinds of tax credits in this year's budget that will benefit a most state residents.

The governor says not raising taxes and keeping the tax rate low benefits all New Yorkers.