Pushing Back on Cuomo's "Wall Street" Budget

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Though both Cuomo and de Blasio are counting the most recent state budget as a victory, many on the left are unhappy with some of the provisions that were included--and left out. Karen Scharff, executive director of Citizen Action of New York and co-chair of the Working Families Party, and James Parrott, chief economist and deputy director of the Fiscal Policy Institute, discuss the budget.


James Parrott and Karen Scharff

Comments [25]

WFP should relaunch as the "Road To Serfdom" party.

Apr. 08 2014 11:11 AM

Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me. Cuomo is clearly on the side of the corrupt, if not, at least technically, among them. His $33 million campaign fund (notably not included in his pathetic attempt to distract us with public funding for the comptroller race only) is far from transparent.

Why isn't there a Democratic primary challenger? This budget, in conjunction with Cuomo's caving to the charter (read hedge fund) lobby and his coy bull!@#* on fracking, preclude my voting for him. I'll be looking for a third party candidate with a moral compass.

Apr. 08 2014 10:46 AM

Yes, WFP please give us a choice in the Dem primary. Cuomo is too far RW & Clinton/Corpcrat.

Apr. 08 2014 10:38 AM
mick from Inwood

I voted for Cuomo last time but he has proven himself to be a Rockefeller Republican (or further right) on most issues. His sellouts to big money-social conservative-Republicans in the interests of his personal political ambitions are too numerous to mention; but most important was his sellout on redistricting reform. I would not vote for him again under any circumstances. As for his obvious, presidential ambitions...As Harry Truman is reported to have quipped, "Given the choice between a fake Republican and a real Republican the voters will take the real Republican every time. The Great Between the Coasts is not going to vote for the governor of "liberal New York" who lives in sin, just because he helped the NY Republican Party maintain control of the state senate. Mario would have a better chance of winning.

Apr. 08 2014 10:29 AM

Clinton/Cuomo '16!

Apr. 08 2014 10:27 AM

I'm waiting for the reports of the outrageous give a aways that will be signed in October, where we will learn of deals and tax rebates and favors such as the giveaways to the biggest realtors last year. Extel on 57th Street.

Governor Cuomo wants power, he is not working for all the people, just for his friends so he can get elected and run for President. We need our elected officials to work for ALL of us. Frankly, if he worked for ALL of us in a fair manner, he would have no problem getting elected. It's so simple about what his real game is. That game in the meantime is hurting a lot of real people where it is needless to do so.

So, let's get the facts out- and more programs like this, Mr. Lehrerer.

Apr. 08 2014 10:26 AM
Amy from Manhattan

I've been voting on the Working Families & other 3rd-party lines for years. I'm registered as a Democrat only because I want a voice in the Democratic primaries, which nearly always determine who holds most NYC & many state offices. I understand why WFP often has the Democratic Party candidate on its ballot line, but I've been waiting a long time for them to run their own candidates. Yes, please, run someone against Gov. Cuomo!

Apr. 08 2014 10:26 AM

This is a perfect scenario for the WF to run their own candidate - if they don't succeed, the alternative won't be ideal but at least not dangerous.

Apr. 08 2014 10:25 AM
Liz from NYC

WFP, please work on getting rid of the traitor Jeff Klein!

Apr. 08 2014 10:24 AM

The fact that Cuomo has charted a middle of the road course suggests he's got bigger plans ahead.

Apr. 08 2014 10:22 AM
Robert from NYC

All democrats sell out, it's called compromise but compromise/selling out. It's what is called the middle but the middle right. There's compromise and there's compromise with sell-out, dems do the second as doe you president and representatives in congress. Look at the 5 dems who moved over to join the repubs!!
Think about it, the rebub party is a smaller party than the dem party, so why do we always, ALWAYS end up with reput majorities?! You figure it out, I can't.

Apr. 08 2014 10:21 AM

Yes, let's let the WFP and the public unions get all branches of state government.

Then we can spell the state C-a-l-i-f-o-r-n-i-a.

Apr. 08 2014 10:21 AM
Carolita from Nyc

Total sell-out. I won't vote for him.

Apr. 08 2014 10:18 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

I don't see how having 30 or 40 parties as in Israel or Italy improves things over the two party system we have here due to our Constitution which is a "winner takes all" system. It says that no matter who many people run for office, only the one who has the highest numbers wins. There are no "coalition" governments as in the parliamentary systems used by most other countries. I think the two party system makes us more stable as a democracy. Third parties only bring up swing issues forcing both parties to address.

Apr. 08 2014 10:14 AM
Liz from NYC

Joe from nearby -- Hell, yeah!

RUN, BERNIE, RUN! Bernie Sanders in 2016!

Apr. 08 2014 10:14 AM

Cuomo is a politician, period. He has no center. Yes, WFP should run a progressive!

Apr. 08 2014 10:13 AM
Steve from NYC

I hope that Working Families would consider withholding endorsement of Cuomo based on the charter school issue. What is rarely pointed out is that while the millionaires opposed a tax increase costing them a few hundreds a year to fund Pre-K education they were willing to contribute thousands for an ad campaign against de Blasio on charter schools. Obviously this has nothing to do with education and everything to do with the wealthy trying to bust the teachers' union. Cuomo's support for charter schools shows which side of this issue he's on.

Apr. 08 2014 10:13 AM
Maria from UWS

Cuomo is NO Liberal. He's a NEO-LIBERAL -- as in Milton Friedman/free-market "financialism." Big difference. Charter School giveaway says it all.

WFP-- please run ABC -- Anyone But Cuomo!

Apr. 08 2014 10:12 AM
Liz from NYC

WFP, yes, please run a candidate in op to Gov. Cuomo. I'd like the chance to vote for a fully progressive candidate.

Apr. 08 2014 10:11 AM
Joe from nearby

As Senator Sanders says, "Washington DC doesn't regulate Wall Street- Wall Street regulates Washington."

Our government is owned lock, syock & barrel, and NY's government is just a microcosm of this bigger picture.

Apr. 08 2014 10:08 AM
Joe from nearby


I see you posted some criticism of Brian's show 25 MINUTES BEFORE IT WENT ON AIR.

Therefore, your preemptive criticism is completely irrelevant and worthless.

Apr. 08 2014 10:04 AM

In a world without lazy voters there are more than two parties. Most states in our nation are one party states.

Apr. 08 2014 10:04 AM
Seth Picksniff

But yet, you two cannot tear yourselves away from Brian's show. Who's really the fool?

Apr. 08 2014 10:02 AM

BRAVO, ED !!! (They hate us but who cares?)

The Mozilla story just a "kerfuffle" as Brian likes to say when he dismisses anything inconvenient. And the WFP is just the old re-branded ACORN.

THIS IS MSNBC RADIO, not public radio. All leftist activism all the time.
The BLS has slanted so far LEFT that you need to lie on your left side to listen to it.
And it's not just how they package it, it's the topics they exclude and the guests who never reach the airwaves here.

Apr. 08 2014 09:35 AM
Ed from Larchmont

Has the Brian Lehrer show become less philosophical? The CEO of Mozilla was forced to resign - no segment on that?

Apr. 07 2014 08:34 AM

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