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De Blasio wants tax hike in next NY state budget

September 30, 2013
Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Democratic New York City mayoral nominee Bill de Blasio is urging the state legislature to pass his proposed tax hike next spring if he is elected.

De Blasio is the public advocate. The signature issue of his mayoral bid is a tax increase on wealthy New Yorkers to fund universal pre-kindergarten.

Such a plan would need support from Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the approval of lawmakers in Albany.

De Blasio said Monday that, if elected, he would get "to work on it immediately." He wants it included in the next state budget, which is due in April.

He downplayed delaying the increase. Cuomo has not committed to supporting the plan or a timetable.

De Blasio's Republican rival, Joe Lhota, has predicted that the plan will never be approved.



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