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  •  According to De Blasio they are - that's how (1+ / 0-)
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    he promised to get his over $500k income tax passed through the state legislature

    •  Oh yeah. (1+ / 0-)
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      That's why Cuomo is floating all those other funding ideas for the UPK program, right?

      He'd be much happier to give DeBlasio the money by pulling it from some other area of the state budget, where it might be doing good for some other program or community, than he would be to allow the city a tax hike. He's got presidential aspirations, and this is New York. Can't afford to upset the bankers. Or the real-estate magnates. Or David Koch.

      "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."........ "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." (yeah, same guy.)

      by sidnora on Tue Jan 21, 2014 at 03:06:42 PM PST

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      •  Which means only that De Blasio is already (1+ / 0-)
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        wrong about promising that his "good friendship" with the governor with smooth the way for passing this tax. I believe he said it in the interview with Alec Baldwin.

        •  That may be true. (0+ / 0-)

          My take is that Cuomo doesn't have much use for "good friendship" if it runs counter to his ends, and he's pretty ruthless. On DeBlasio's side, he talks a good game (and is still talking one), but is a lot more pliable than Cuomo. Not in a good way.

          Cuomo starts out with the upper hand here, simply because DeB can't enact a tax without state approval. When I first learned this, I thought WTF? but I guess it's a holdover from the city's fiscal crisis back in the 70's.

          My guess: we'll get UPK, possibly even statewide, because Cuomo knows a winner when he sees one, and is always happy to take credit. But it won't be funded the way DeB wants, and Cuomo will frame that as a good thing.

          "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."........ "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." (yeah, same guy.)

          by sidnora on Wed Jan 22, 2014 at 04:48:41 AM PST

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      •  So long as it doesn't come at the expense (1+ / 0-)
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        of a football stadium for SU.

        •  Heh. nt (0+ / 0-)

          "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."........ "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." (yeah, same guy.)

          by sidnora on Wed Jan 22, 2014 at 04:49:08 AM PST

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