Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo appear on a collision course when it comes to paying for universal pre-kindergarten. The mayor wants to tax the wealthy, but the governor says not so fast.
A week on the job and Mayor Bill de Blasio took his bully pulpit to the state capital on Wednesday to show that as far as the Legislature is concerned, he is the anti-Mike Bloomberg.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is delivering a broad election-year agenda in a State of the State speech promoting a property tax freeze, tougher anti-corruption laws and modernizing New York City’s airports.
Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio is upping the pressure on Albany to tax the wealthy, so he can make good on a campaign pledge to mount the largest expansion of pre-kindergarten classes in the nation’s history.
The mayor-elect also said he’d appoint a team in the coming days for what he called “a very substantial campaign” to grow support for his tax on the wealthy proposal.
De Blasio campaigned on a platform of adding a tax on households making more than $500,000 a year to cover the costs of universal pre-kindergarten and after-school programs.
Bill de Blasio says his landslide in this month’s New York City mayoral election entitles him to support from Albany to enact sweeping reforms to the city’s schools.
De Blasio 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 Gov. Cuomo.
A major issue for mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio is making sure wealthy New Yorkers pay more taxes to fund education, but anything that happens would have to go through Albany.