President Trump has expressed the fact that he didn’t think taxpayers should be stuck with the bill for poorly run states, most of which are controlled by Democrats. Many states want money for their underfunded pensions.
What do the pension funds have to do with DTMNBN? (Disease That Must Not Be named) Nothing, they just see this as a way to stick taxpayers for a system that was unworkable from the beginning.
Now, President Trump is willing to help bail out states but he says if he does, those states will have to alter their sanctuary policy for illegal aliens. That means states won’t get the money. At least not states with Democratic majorities.
“The problem with the states is we’re not looking to recover 25 years of bad management and to give them the money that they lost. That’s unfair to other states.”
“Now if it’s COVID-related. I guess we can talk about it, but we’d want certain things also, including sanctuary city adjustments, because we have so many people in sanctuary cities, which I don’t even think are popular even by radical-left folks because what’s happening is people are being protected that shouldn’t be protected and a lot of bad things are happening with sanctuary cities.”
The president also addressed the issue during a meeting earlier in the day with Florida Gov. Ron Desantis, emphasizing his concern is about criminal illegal aliens.
Trump also called for a payroll tax cut to be included in any relief package.
“[W]e’d have to talk about things like payroll tax cuts,” he said, according to Politico. “We’d have to talk about things like sanctuary cities, as an example. I think sanctuary cities is something that has to be brought up where people who are criminals are protected, they are protected from prosecution.”
“I think that has to be done. I think it’s one of the problems that the states have. I don’t even think they know they have a problem, but they have a big problem with the sanctuary situation,” Trump added.
In February, Attorney General William Barr announced the Justice Department was filing three lawsuits against California, New Jersey and a Washington county over their so-called “sanctuary city” policies.