Cuomo, de Blasio, and Universal Pre-K

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Preschoolers reading at a public library during storytime (Flickr user NJLA: New Jersey Library Association (cc: by-nc-nd)))

Liz Benjaminhost of Capital Tonight and State of Politics blogger, and Grace Rauh, NY1 political reporter, discuss the showdown between Gov. Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio over Universal Pre-K.



Liz Benjamin and Grace Rauh

Comments [16]

Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretenious Hudson Heights

ESL for an extended period RETARDS a childs ability to learn English.


ESL does not.

Jan. 07 2014 02:09 PM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

@ Bob, thanks for the clarification.

Jan. 07 2014 11:58 AM
Bob from Pelham, NY

@ Sheldon: The state's control over the city's taxing authority has nothing to do with the 1970s financial emergency. All municipalities in New York are creatures of the state, and need legislation to impose any taxes. The only thing they control on their own is the rate of local real estate taxes (and even that was limited a few years back by the new tax cap laws). The '70s-era Financial Control Act gave the State additional authority over what the City spent; it already controlled what the City taxed.

Jan. 07 2014 11:24 AM
RJ from prospect hts

How was " the Council for Fiscal Equity funding was essentially cancelled out under Bloomberg and the State Legislature"? There was a court mandate and a private master who came up with a formula? Was this a backroom "canceling" (a la Bloomberg's "canceling" the 2-term limit?) or something legislative?

Jan. 07 2014 11:15 AM
Amy from Manhattan

Cuomo acting like a Republican? That applies to so many things he's done, starting w/his approach to unions.

Jan. 07 2014 10:49 AM
Maria from Morningside Hts.

The Mayor -- along with teachers and parents -- are acutely aware of how the Council for Fiscal Equity funding was essentially cancelled out under Bloomberg and the State Legislature. That is why they want dedicated city funding.

Jan. 07 2014 10:47 AM
Alex from BPL

I don't understand talk of a showdown. De Blasio oversees NYC taxes and Cuomo oversees NYS taxes. One can talk about increases and the other decreases at will. Why is this a problem?

Jan. 07 2014 10:46 AM
Amy from Manhattan

De Blasio is "fixated" on the tax increase? Oh, now *there's* an objective way to put it!

Jan. 07 2014 10:45 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

I wasn't a fan of the mayor proposing a tax for pre-k before taking office and seeing if there were funds in the Dept of Ed's bloated budget. However, elections have consequences. If the voters in the 5 boroughs want a raise in the CITY tax, it should have nothing to do with Albany. It's time to end this 70's, bankruptcy era State control.

Jan. 07 2014 10:44 AM
fuva from harlemworld

Bloomberg was an aplha male? Really?

Jan. 07 2014 10:43 AM
RJ from prospect hts

Sorry--And squeezing in a home life that has to be balanced with minimum wages that cannot sustain lives and so they must0--at their employers' direction--turn to taxpayer-funded Medicaid and foodstamps and food pantries to feed and sustain their families. Where's the time and energy to spend the home time needed for parental involvement in schoolwork?

Jan. 07 2014 10:42 AM
Linda P. from NYC

Almost every wealthy community in the country taxes its citizens to support schools. It is, therefore, hard to understand why taxing the wealthy in NYC to support educational programs is such a contentious issue.

Jan. 07 2014 10:42 AM
RJ from prospect hts

These prior comments are bizarrely contradictory--learn English but limit ESL? And squeezing in a home life that Hunh?

Please let's make a distinction in the kind of taxes that are being proposed. These are on *individuals* not on *businesses*!!!!! People who drive around in limos with townhouses and 12-room penthouse apts. And they are n*not* the people who create jobs--their incomes come from multinational or inherited incomes.

Jan. 07 2014 10:39 AM
RJ from prospect hts

Whatever happened to the mandates from the Campaign for Fiscal Equity lawsuit? Did that involve pre-K and/or afterschool?

Jan. 07 2014 10:33 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from SUNSHINE STATE

Yes, Warren Wilhelm DE Blasio ... tax businesses EVEN MORE ... good idea!!


"London is the top choice for foreign investors, beating New York City, which finished second in a poll released today. Foreign investors have complained that they're forced to pay too much in federal taxes in the U.S., making the United Kingdom more attractive."

Jan. 07 2014 10:28 AM
Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretenious Hudson Heights

Pre-K, Pre-Pre-K, Pre-Pre-Pre-K can not overcome a home life

that does not value study, commitment to learning and celebration of academic achievement.

Learn English. Limit ESL to ONE YEAR.

Jan. 07 2014 06:23 AM

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