Copy-The Latest: Cuomo: NY will sue US over GOP's tax overhaul
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The Latest on New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's state of the state address (all times local):
New York state will sue the federal government over the recently enacted Republican tax overhaul.
Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the state will challenge the new law on the grounds that it's unconstitutional and violates states' rights.
Cuomo, a possible presidential contender, announced plans for the lawsuit during his state of the state address Wednesday.
The overhaul caps the former tax deduction for state and local taxes at $10,000. The full deduction had been especially popular in high-tax states like New York. Cuomo says the change is unfair and could raise some families' taxes by as much as 25 percent.
Cuomo says he will encourage Congress to repeal the tax law, and will consider other changes in state taxes to reduce the burden of the new federal tax law in New York.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to end the practice of requiring criminal defendants to post monetary bail in misdemeanor and non-violent felony cases.
The Democrat says the longstanding practice of accepting cash bail is unfair, since it allows suspects with financial resources to go free while those without must wait in jail until their trials begin.
Cuomo is proposing instead to release those defendants on their own recognizance or require them to check in with officials.
Suspects accused of violent crimes or felonies could still be required to post bail to win release or be held without bail entirely in some circumstances.
The changes must be approved by lawmakers and are part of a broader criminal reform package announced ahead of Cuomo's state of the state address Wednesday.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is poised to deliver his annual state of the state address to lawmakers, and the ideas already are piling up.
The Democrat will outline his 2018 agenda in the speech Wednesday, the first day of the legislative session.
He's already announced plans to overhaul state sexual harassment policies, create new disclosure rules for online political ads and join most other states in allowing early election voting.
Cuomo, a possible presidential candidate in 2020, also is expected to discuss the state's efforts to resist Republican President Donald Trump when it comes to new policies on environmental protection, taxes, immigration and health care.
This year's budget will be especially difficult for Cuomo and lawmakers, who have to contend with a $4 billion deficit in the $150 billion spending plan.
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