Budget talks among New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders broke down as senate co-leader Dean Skelos said there’s too much focus on New York City and Mayor Bill de Blasio’s pre-kindergarten plan.
The New York Senate proposed spending $540 million a year on universal pre-kindergarten and after-school programs in New York City, which may give Mayor Bill de Blasio an option other than his plan to tax the rich, said a person familiar with the negotiations.
A battle between legislative leaders over Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to tax New York City’s wealthy to fund universal pre-kindergarten threatens the chances of a fourth on-time budget and the highest state credit rating since 1972.
It took Jeff Klein, the Bronx Democrat who shares leadership of the New York Senate, less than 24 hours to back off a threat that he’d hold up the state budget if it didn’t include a plan to tax the wealthy to pay for universal pre-kindergarten in New York City.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio’s proposal to tax the rich to pay for universal early-childhood education faces obstacles in the state capital in a year when Governor Andrew Cuomo and lawmakers are up for re-election.