Tri-state governors to challenge constitutionality of tax law

January 26, 2018 GMT

The governors of Connecticut, New York and New Jersey, charging that the new congressional tax plan is unconstitutional, will file a lawsuit to fight it.

Governors Dannel P. Malloy of Connecticut, Andrew Cuomo of New York and Phil Murphy of New Jersey made the announcement on Friday.

They charged that the new tax shift was aimed to hurt high-tax states that voted against President Donald Trump in 2016.

The legal challenge by a coalition of 12 states most affected by the tax law will be filed in federal court within the next two weeks.

Malloy said the tax reform is discrimatory against those 12 blue states.


Malloy said that more than 171,000 Connecticut taxpayers would lose $10 billion under the new law.

Cuomo said “the philosophy of the tax cut is repugnant.”

Cuomo said 80 percent of the tax cuts go to the top 1 percent.

He said 12 states will be severely impacted by the tax reform.

Malloy called the tax law “unfair and illegal.”

The governors said the tax law represents also double taxation to the 12 states.

“The tax burden is not going to be reduced, but it’s going to be passed down to the middle class,” Cuomo said.

The tax law has a cap of $10,000, on deductions of state and local income and property taxes.

The biggest impact would affect high property value, high income states like Connecticut, New York, New Jersey and California.