January 25, 2014
RED ON RED:
De Blasio pre-K tax called 'charade' for unions (Aaron Short and Carl Campanile, January 25, 2014, NY Post)
Posted by Orrin Judd at January 25, 2014 7:41 AMThe clash between Gov. Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio over pre-K funding is turning into an all-out brawl, with allies of the governor claiming the mayor is pushing higher taxes to fund new contracts for his labor buddies, sources told The Post."We're hearing chatter from people that de Blasio wants to raise the income tax on the rich to use it any way he wants -- including paying for labor contracts and raises," said a Democratic Party insider close to Cuomo."The people who are pushing this are from the Working Families Party. De Blasio is married to them."The Cuomo ally noted the WFP is basically run by the most leftist leaders in the labor movement -- the Transport Workers Union, the Communication Workers of America and United Federation of Teachers, among others.It's the same coalition, the source familiar with Cuomo's thinking said, that opposes the governor's $2 billion proposal to cut property, business and estate taxes as he seeks re-election.