Republican Senator from Florida Rick Scott penned an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal in March, criticizing New York for its high taxes and claiming that residents were fleeing Governor Andrew Cuomo's state because of his economic policies.
Scott went on to say "If you cut taxes and make state and local government efficient, maybe you can compete with Florida again."
Spoiler alert: Governor Andrew Cuomo isn't having it.
"New York doesn’t add to Florida’s bills. We pay them."
Here’s the truth @SenRickScott: Florida, gets welfare from the people of NY – we pay your bills! https://t.co/A8hZMNTLTS— Archive: Governor Andrew Cuomo (@Archive: Governor Andrew Cuomo) 1554206546.0
Cuomo responded with his own op-ed, scathingly titled Florida Gets Welfare From New York.
"If Sen. Scott wants to return to New York the $36 billion that we give to Florida every year, I’ll end my campaign to reinstate SALT deductibility."
Talk about putting the SALT in salty.
@NYDailyNews https://t.co/3LhwcvZckq— Pam Kemp (@Pam Kemp) 1554234994.0
State and local tax (SALT) deductions allow taxpayers in states with high local tax to deduct those tax payments on their federal returns. Trump made a change to the policy under his Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, instituting a cap of $10,000 on total SALT deductions.
"What they did was increased our taxes and they subsidized Florida with our taxes," Cuomo said on public radio's The Capitol Pressroom. "That's not rhetoric. That's a fact."
Cuomo fires back at Florida Sen. Rick Scott. What a time to be alive. https://t.co/ff0z8QvuO8— Jon Campbell (@Jon Campbell) 1554158735.0
@NYGovCuomo @fasteddieayala @SenRickScott https://t.co/Lgj1wiR2Tq— Holly Boardman is Vaccinated (@Holly Boardman is Vaccinated) 1554222809.0
"The law was passed by a Republican president, a Republican House and a Republican Senate," Cuomo wrote, adding "The hypocrisy is breathtaking."
Scott has yet to respond to Cuomo, but doesn't look like the two are going to end their grudge match any time soon.