Dolan Joins de Blasio to Campaign for Pre-K, but Not for Tax Hike

Cardinal Timothy Dolan with Mayor Bill de Blasio. (Photo: Getty)
Cardinal Timothy Dolan with Mayor Bill de Blasio. (Photo: Getty)

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, though jubilant about Mayor Bill de Blasio’s desire to expand universal prekindergarten across the city, stopped short today of endorsing his plan to hike taxes to fund the program.

Appearing with Mr. de Blasio in the Bronx to promote the Catholic Church’s partnership on the pre-K expansion, Mr. Dolan refused to specifically back Mr. de Blasio’s plan to raise taxes on the city’s wealthiest residents to fund pre-K and after-school programs. Continue reading “Dolan Joins de Blasio to Campaign for Pre-K, but Not for Tax Hike”

Bill de Blasio Takes His Pre-K Case to Albany Once Again

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With less than a month to go until the state budget deadline, Mayor Bill de Blasio returned to Albany for the fourth time since his election to press his case to lawmakers reticent to let the city raise taxes on the wealthiest residents to fund universal pre-K.

At a rally at the Washington Armory, which several noted stood half-empty, Mr. de Blasio, joined by city lawmakers and supporters, tried yet again to make his case that the tax made moral and logical sense. Continue reading “Bill de Blasio Takes His Pre-K Case to Albany Once Again”

De Blasio to Announce Push for City Control of Minimum Wage

The stage set for Mayor Bill de Blasio's first State of the City speech.
The stage set for Mayor Bill de Blasio’s first State of the City speech.

Mayor Bill de Blasio is going to hang another key proposal of his early administration on Albany, announcing plans today to push state lawmakers to allow the city to set its own minimum wage during his first State of the City address. Continue reading “De Blasio to Announce Push for City Control of Minimum Wage”

Bill de Blasio Says Thanks but No Thanks to State Pre-K Funding

Bill de Blasio and labor leaders pressing the mayor's signature pre-k plan.
Bill de Blasio and labor leaders pressing the mayor’s signature pre-k plan.

Mayor Bill de Blasio today dismissed a report that Gov. Andrew Cuomo is planning to propose an alternate funding stream for Mr. de Blasio’s signature universal pre-K tax plan, and said any extra money in the state budget should be spent on other things. Continue reading “Bill de Blasio Says Thanks but No Thanks to State Pre-K Funding”

Mayor Dinkins Suggests a Different Tax Plan for de Blasio

Bill de Blasio speaking at Columbia today.
Bill de Blasio speaking at Columbia University earlier today.

Ex-Mayor David Dinkins today advised his former aide, Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio, to consider pushing to renew the commuter tax instead of his signature campaign plan to boost taxes on the rich to fund universal pre-K, arguing the former would be more palatable to Albany lawmakers. Continue reading “Mayor Dinkins Suggests a Different Tax Plan for de Blasio”