If Gov. Andrew Cuomo and potential New York City mayor Bill de Blasio are on a collision course over taxes and funding pre-kindergarten programs, it’ll have to wait until January.
Cuomo told reporters this afternoon in the city that he doesn’t want to raise taxes to fund universal pre-K, which is a program he supports. De Blasio has proposing raising taxes on the wealthy to fund pre-K in the city.
As for de Blasio’s idea, Cuomo said let’s talk in January, if de Blasio is elected. Cuomo has proposed expanding pre-K and included $25 million in this year’s budget for competitive grants.
“I support the notion of universal pre-K. We’re moving in that direction,” Cuomo said. “We started last year. And on taxation and finance, whoever is the next mayor, we’ll sit down in January and talk about it.”
De Blasio is seen as the next progressive leader in the state, if he’s elected, and polls show him with a huge lead over Republican candidate Joe Lhota.
De Blasio may be looking to push Cuomo more to the left next year, when Cuomo will be seeking re-election and looking to focus on a message of fiscal conservatism and socially moderate.
Thus, the theory that they could be at odds next year—even though Cuomo has endorsed him, and de Blasio once worked for Cuomo in Washington at HUD.