New York City mayor Bill de Blasio can’t keep his stories straight, and his wealth redistribution scheme framed under the guise of ‘pre-K for all’ is slowly being revealed.
Despite the fact that Governor Cuomo has offered to have the state pay for pre-K funding in the city, de Blasio has insisted that the best method to finance the effort is by raising taxes on the wealthy. Cuomo offered $1.5 billion for a statewide pre-K plan in his budget proposal which would presumably cover de Blasio’s costs.
The mayor said it wasn’t enough, continuing to push for tax hikes. At a hearing in Albany however, the mayor confessed to having a budget surplus which would easily cover the costs.
That’s when de Blasio admitted to the real reason he wanted to raise taxes.
Via the Daily News:
Mayor de Blasio Monday went to Albany and made the first major misstep of his young mayoralty.
Testifying at a state legislative budget hearing, de Blasio basically admitted what many had long suspected — even though the city has a budget surplus that could pay for prekindergarten expansion, he wants to increase taxes on the wealthy so he can use the surplus to help fund labor settlements.
When one state senator asked why the mayor sought to raise taxes when the city is sitting on a budget surplus, de Blasio responded, “Because of the profoundly great unknown of the open labor contracts.”
A source close to the de Blasio administration admitted that the statement “makes it sound like it’s not really for the kids.”
It sounds that way because it isn’t. De Blasio is simply executing his method for mass wealth redistribution.