Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos said today that he has no plans to bring New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s pre-kindergarten plan to the Senate floor.
Skelos said Senate Republicans do not support home-rule messages that would increase taxes. They’ve re-upped existing home-rule taxes, but haven’t backed new ones, he said.
“We have not approved, I think its 164 home rule requests to go to the floor,” Skelos told reporters today.
He likened it to the fight in Ulster County, where a home-rule sales-tax fight wasn’t settled for more than a year because of a fight in the Democratic-led Assembly.
“I’ll use the Ulster County sales tax, I know the speaker and the Assembly keep saying ‘we have to respect home rule,’” Skelos said. “They didn’t respect home rule requests of Ulster County last year until it was basically changed in the direction that the local assemblymen wanted.”
De Blasio has support among Democrats to increase income taxes on the rich to fund pre-k. Cuomo wants to fund it through the budget.