He said it's been a "monumental task" to keep clients educated as major changes arrived in tax and benefits - both the federal plan and the state's newly enhanced family medical leave act.
In a relatively somber budget address Tuesday that contained few new spending initiatives, Cuomo said the state faces challenging fiscal times, brought about by lower-than-expected tax revenues and federal funding cuts.
One way the governor is proposing deflecting any possible harm to NYS taxpayers from federal tax cuts: rewriting New York's tax code, so that the employer, not the emplolyee, pays.
Cuomo and legislators hope to finalize the 2018-19 state budget before April 1, which is the beginning of the new fiscal year.
"I don't like the payroll tax at all", he said.
Cuomo is expected to announce a feasibility study in a speech unveiling his state budget proposal Tuesday. Cuomo said as the crowd of 400 applauded.
Cuomo has directed his Department of Taxation and Finance to outline options for creating a state payroll tax to replace the income tax on wages. In Colorado, where recreational use of marijuana became legal in January 2014, the state received $247 million in 2017 from marijuana taxes, licenses and fee revenue, according to the Colorado Department of Revenue. "This is going to be the most hard challenge that we've had to take on because it's the most complicated, but I have no doubt that this is the fight of New York's future".
While details on the panel were scarce, Cuomo said it would include representatives of State Police to get the "facts" of marijuana legalization. And the employers may still deduct those payroll taxes on their federal return. Chief Operations Officer Rick Fish said he feels for every employer that would have to work with its staff to determine what pay cut would be fair to compensate the shifting tax burden. Foundation aid is propose to increase by $338 million.
The Assembly leader has been among Cuomo's most vocal allies on efforts for NY to try to end-run the new federal tax law and its limit on state and local taxes.
"I don't like the revenue stuff, " Flanagan said of the $1 billion in various revenue raising ideas Cuomo floated.
Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan, a Long Island Republican, called the 3 percent school funding hike "terrific". It's "wholly insufficient", said Assemblyman Joseph Errigo, who represents Livingston County as part of his district.