New York hires McKinsey consultants to develop ‘Trump-proof’ plan to reopen economy

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has hired high-profile advisers to develop a science-based plan for safely reopening the region economically, capable of thwarting expected pressure from the US President donald trump to move faster, state government sources told Reuters on Wednesday.

Cuomo, along with many others US governors, shut down its state economy to limit the spread of the deadly COVID-19 Virus and has warned he is prepared to keep shops closed – maybe for a few more months – unless he can ensure public safety.

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Governors from seven East Coast states formed a coalition led by New York on Monday to develop a joint reopening plan. Three West Coast governors developed a similar plan. The 10 states, mostly led by Democrats, together make up 38% of the US economy.

As part of Cuomo’s effort, McKinsey & Company is creating models on testing, infections and other key data points that will underpin decisions on how and when to reopen the region’s economy, the sources said. Cuomo has also recalled former top assistants Bill Mulrow, Larry Schwartz and Steve Cohen to join the effort.

Deloitte is also involved in developing the regional plan, a source said.

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The goal is to make the plan “Trump-proof,” said an aide to New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy.

“We think Trump will eventually blink at that, but if he doesn’t, we have to fight back, and we’re reaching out to top experts and other professionals to come up with a bulletproof plan,” said a Cuomo aide.

Trump, whose re-election bid was built on a strong economy before being derailed by the epidemic, is losing patience with the economic blackout and has challenged governors preaching caution and setting the stage for major clashes over the pace of reopening.

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Trump said in late March he hoped to reopen the economy by Easter in mid-April, but the rising number of infections and projected deaths forced him to extend federal guidelines by 30 days until the end of April.

More than 30,000 people have died from the epidemic in the United States.

McKinsey provides analytics on statewide testing availability and demand, the supply chain for critical supplies, hospital capacity and virus forecasts, a company official said.

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“McKinsey, like so many other companies, is committed to supporting the response to the crisis,” said a company spokesman.

The Trump administration recently recommended a phased reopening of the economy, starting with states with fewer infections and allowing more time for those with severe problems, such as New York and New Jersey.

Experts and governors have said there would need to be guarantees of increased coronavirus testing before people can safely return to work.

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