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Cuomo On Financing Universal Pre-K: We’ll Figure It Out

Mayor-Elect Bill De Blasio Calls For Tax On Wealthy
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Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Bill de Blasio (Credit: Governor’s Office; (file/credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in sync with Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio on universal pre-kindergarten for New York City kids, but is still not saying whether he’d support a proposed tax on the rich to cover the program.

“We are on exactly the same track that pre-K is a great service and a necessary service — the question becomes how to pay for it,” Cuomo told reporters, including 1010 WINS’ Juliet Papa, on Tuesday.

De Blasio has said he’d tax those making $500,000 or more to cover the cost of universal pre-K. Any tax would have to be approved by the state Legislature and be signed by Cuomo.

De Blasio insists that the designated tax on the wealthy is the only way to go, but Cuomo said that’s a discussion for next year.

“I think what’s more important is to focus on what we want to get done, which is pre-K,” Cuomo said. “We’ll figure out how to pay for it through regular financing vehicles, some people are talking about tax increases, but that’s a conversation we’ll have next year with the Legislature.”

Cuomo is running for re-election in 2014.

De Blasio takes office Jan. 1.

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