Mayor de Blasio bent on taxing the very rich for pre-k
- Washington 01/24/2014 by Linda Perry (WBAI)
23 days and 2 snowstorms into the job, Mayor de Blasio went to Washington to deliver remarks at the U.S. Conference of Mayors. He spoke about shared opportunity and shared prosperity. De Blasio said without the mayors working together, the distance between Main Street and Wall Street would be much further. "I wish we could say that we could thank the Congress, but let’s be honest. That’s not where the progress is coming from. It’s coming from you. And that’s something that we need to build upon."
New York City's new mayor reiterated that the city's youth need universal pre-k. He said it must be paid for by tax on the very rich, even though Governor Cuomo said he would find the money needed for pre-k once the city is ready. "My plan, I want to remind you, is a five-year plan, $530 million each year for five years, $2.6 billion combined over five years. We can’t do that plan properly if we don’t have that money locked in. And I want revenue that the people of New York City provide and control." This came just hours after Cuomo was quoted in the The New York Times saying the mayor's tax hike was unnecessary. On Monday, Mayor de Blasio traveled to Albany to testify about his plan.