New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio testified on Monday (Jan. 27) before state lawmakers in Albany at a state budget hearing. He used the appearance to bolster his plan for universal prekindergarten in his city, funded by a tax hike on wealthier residents. “We’re not asking Albany to raise the state income tax by a single penny to pay for universal pre-K and afterschool programs in New York City,” he said. “We’re simply asking Albany to allow New York City to tax itself.”
Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who met later with the mayor at a press conference to ask for federal approval of a $10 billion Medicaid voucher to help keep Brooklyn hospitals open, has not publicly supported or rejected de Blasio’s proposal.